Mom Swells with Pride to See Son with Down Syndrome Make Efforts to Become Independent

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BY LI YEN, EPOCH TIMES

Many parents may have felt a sense of hopelessness when they first learned their child was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Sixteen years ago, Mike, husband to Alethea Mshar—of the Writing Running Mom Facebook page—held his head in his hands with a blank expression when he realized their newborn baby, Alex, had Down syndrome.

 

“His eyes were almond shaped, his ears tiny and curled,” Mshar wrote for Michigan Family To Family.

Despite the fear and challenges ahead, Mike was determined “we would embrace our child, his Down syndrome, and everything that would mean to us.”

Raising Alex, there have been “emotional struggles” as Mshar and her husband juggled career and family, sending him to therapy sessions and giving him the best care.

And as Alex transited to adulthood, Mshar was concerned whether he could ever learn to be independent.

“Alex wants to be independent; to live on his own, maybe with a spouse. As such, our goal has been to prepare for him to make this happen,” Mshar wrote on Facebook.

“I sometimes (often) wonder if he can do it,” she shared. “I’m concerned that we aren’t teaching him enough or that he won’t learn it all.”

However, Mshar’s worries were assuaged one morning.

That morning, Mshar came back home from a family wedding in Colorado with a cold.

“Mike [was] out of town for work,” Mshar wrote. “The alarm went off, I shut it off and the next thing I knew it was 31 minutes later. A mere 20 minutes before we had to be out the door.”

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