Sing for Ola and she will likely show you
her “bum wiggle” dance. She loves to clap, smile, and play with her Basset
Ola’s family members were unaware, when
going into the delivery room, that their daughter would have Down Syndrome, but
the moment Mom held her, she knew there was something different about her
daughter. She was immediately drawn to her. It was only an hour
later that the news was broken to them.
Ola has been fortunate not
experience other complications along with her diagnosis.
The hardest part for the family was the
fear of telling those closest to them and worrying about their reactions; it was
a relief when their families did not react negatively. Looking ahead to
Ola’s future, they worry about how she will be accepted and received by her
peers. Mom hopes that by advocating on Ola’s behalf, she can help parents
understand that their children have more in common than they have
differences. They try to be as open and as approachable as possible when
it comes to discussing Down Syndrome. If one thing they say makes a single
family feel better about their own child’s diagnosis then they have accomplished
what they have set out to do.
Ola has taught her family how to take
life a little slower and how to appreciate the small things. Watching Ola
develop and learn new tasks has been exciting for the entire family, including
older sister Poppy. Together they cherish each new accomplishment.
Their goal is to raise both daughters the
same way and to put all they can into them. Mom is sure that her Tiny
Light, Ola, will be an inspiration to many.