My daughter, Willow, is not sick

To read on The Mighty website:

To the CNN Writer Who Referred to Down Syndrome as a ‘Disease’

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I suppose I should mention I once was a journalist like you. I understand mistakes happen. I just wish this mistake didn’t hurt so much. And while your story does go on to define what Down syndrome is, your typo, whatever you want to call it, caused me to lose a bit of hope. Hope that our world is changing. Hope that the road ahead for my daughter won’t be as scary as I think.

Please know I forgive you. I’m not perfect, either. But my daughter? She is. Trust me. I wouldn’t change a single thing about her. And if you knew her, I think you’d agree.

God bless,

Willow’s Mom

Editor’s note: This story has been edited since publication.

 

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