What a married woman with Down syndrome wants you to know
By Kat Abianac / August 13, 2014
Photos used with permission from Kate Owens.
Meet Kate Owens.
Kate got married 3 years ago, and is busy loving life! I asked Kate, as a married woman with Down syndrome, to share some things about herself as well as her life.
She has something important to say to mothers of kids with Down syndrome. Or even mothers of younger children, who are thinking ahead to the future. Marriage may not be on the cards yet- but one day, it might just be.
How did I meet my husband? We met at a local disco in 2007. He bought me a drink and we danced.. I told mum about him after!
Our first date was out for lunch. It was chucking it down with rain, so we had to share my umbrella- and we kissed.
Steve proposed at a charity ball in Bristol. He stopped the DJ playing music, got down on one knee in the middle of the dance floor and proposed. Everyone cheered when I said yes.
It is my 30th birthday on 27th August and I’m having a big party with a disco, and Steve is 35.
Kate and Steve completing a local charity Rainbow Run to support their local children’s hospital
What do I like the most about being a wife?
Having a relaxed day out at an outdoors Westlife concert
What do I like the most about being a wife? I like being a wife because I can boss him around!! Not really, it’s changed my life forever, it means everything.
Kate, with her beautiful flower girl, on her wedding day
What do we enjoy doing together? We like going to our clubs, and the gym and church, but everything really.
I want to say to mums of young girls who have Down syndrome, and the girls themselves- You can meet a man that’s right for you, and enjoy your life.
Down Syndrome shouldn’t stop you doing what you want to do.