Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Enough Already!

I am wondering why the press have had quite a few stories recently about how awful life is when your child has Down's.  Today's contribution by the Daily Mail has an interview with a woman who wishes every day that she had aborted her son.  While I completely understand why she feels that way after 45 years of caring for him, sometimes I think these things should not be voiced publicly.  It may be how you feel and I respect that, but it gives a wrong impression of people with Down's to those who have no experience of it and who may be having to make a serious decision themselves.  My life has certainly not been easy since I had my daughter but I definitely do not wish her dead or that I had got rid of her in utero.  We were given a choice when she was born and rejected it out of hand - I would not be able to live with myself if I had taken that road.  For all the hardship, frustration and despair, having her has made me a better person and realise the priorities in life.  This is just my opinion and I am sure that I am luckier than others in how she has been affected by her Down's, but I do wish the press would not use this kind of thing for a good story.


  1. So often when I read your thought provoking postings here, I don't know what to say in response (like now) but they touch me and make me think about my own responses to all kind of things.

  2. You don't have to say anything! It just gets me so mad when the press sensationalise such an intensely personal issue. One person's viewpoint is not necessarily the wisest, especially when dealing with life choices. Grr!