I’m Ashamed to Admit It But….

I’mMandyandSinbad ashamed to admit it, but I have never discussed or shared information with my daughter who has Downs about her condition. I know that in her scool they have discussed it, but I know that if I discussed it with her I would break down crying and that would not be good for her. I know that she knows what “retarded” means–presumably from school. I saw her flinch once when someone used the word on tv.  I’d be very interested in hearing from others what they did and how, or didn’t do.

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 83 now.
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5 Responses to I’m Ashamed to Admit It But….

  1. lillian says:

    I am not in your situation but just wanted to say….I love the picture of your daughter. She is beautiful and sunny and that smile is a gift to all who see this photo! Thank you for sharing.


  2. I agree wholeheartedly with Lillian. She’s beautiful. I’ve no experience of Down Syndrome children, unfortunately. I believe there are support groups just about everywhere these days. Maybe you can look one up in your area?


    • Nan Mykel says:

      Thanks again for the thoughtfulness. I’ve been in therapy and support groups, but she is 44 now and I still can’t imagine me discussing it with her without crying. She’s in the best residential place in the state, 50 minutes away from me, and we go out for lunch every Sunday. But I can’t even imagine dscussing it with her without crying. I’m very pleased with the setting, and I can call her whenever I like, toll-free.


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