Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Big Interview

Today I had the great pleasure and honor of representing parents of children with Down syndrome during a live discussion on HuffPost Live.  I was one of 5 panelists speaking about prenatal testing and the need for counseling after a diagnosis.  As a mom who received a positive diagnosis through testing (I had MaterniT21) and received such counseling, I was chosen to be part of the panel.

Also on the panel was Dr. Brian Skotko whom I was so thrilled to "meet".  He is the leading advocate and researcher for Down syndrome.  Can I ask for a virtual autograph?!

Made some new friends, too.  Dr. Alison Piepmeier and Stephanie Meredith (co-author of Your Loved One is Having a Baby with Down Syndrome which I have on my bookshelf.  For reals.) are both new Facebook friends.  They were featured panelists as well.

The final panelist, rounding out the five, was Dr. Anne Lyerly, an OBGYN and bio-ethicist at UNC.

I was in with some serious experts!  Proud to be there, but as the lone "just a mom" panelist I didn't say much.  Whew!  Without further ado, the video of our live discussion:  (oh, and in case you really just want to see ME, I'm around minute 15)

The live discussion was in conjunction with an article released today about the same topic.  I am proud to be a part of this as well.  If telling my story helps another mom, wonderful!  If I can help be a part of positive change, awesome! 


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