Dr. Gina celebrates adoptions of special needs children
Sometimes I try to imagine how my life would be if Samuel weren’t in it. And, of course, you can’t really know, but I can assure you that a whole lot of joy would be missing.
March 21 was World Down Syndrome Day. The date matters. Down Syndrome is a genetic condition in which the person has three copies of the 21st chromosome. That is what makes them special, and also where their challenges lie.
People ask when I knew that I wanted to adopt a special needs child. The answer is the first time I had the honor of meeting and hanging out with them. Their yoke was easy. Most people are complicated.
The conversations always go the same way. People tell me it’s cool we adopted Samuel, and that he is lucky to have our family. We don’t see it that way. We know that we are blessed to have him. And I think he knows that, too. It shows in his swagger.