CompassionateLove Radio: Combatting Stigma with Stories
(c)2016 Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministry
Show #9 Parenting Special Needs Children/Down Syndrome
18 years-old, single, and Jeanette Brinkley receives news that there is something different about her newborn baby. Little Cedric was whisked away immediately after birth, and as Jeanette waited to hold him, she saw young doctors poking and prodding her son.
Two days passed, and she was finally told Cedric has Down Syndrome. She wishes she could have known then what she knows now – that Cedric would develop into a happy, self-sufficient 17 year-old.
Developmental issues such as Down Syndrome are not classified as mental illnesses. However, as with mental illness, stigma is alive and well in the world of special needs. This mother and son story will challenge and appall you, as genuine love is proven once again the answer to hate. Available October 18, 2016
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