My caring responsibilities started in 2007 when I gave birth to my daughter – Tiana. Tiana is my third child, she is a gift – I had no intention of having any more children when she came along. There’s 26 years between Tiana and my other children.
She was an emergency c-section born at 33 weeks. She was four pounds and looked so tiny in the incubator. We were in the hospital for about a month, so she underwent a lot of tests.
During that process, they dropped the bombshell and told me she had Down’s syndrome. I just burst out into tears. It was just such a shock.
All I could hear was the doctor running through a list of these awful problems she would have…. the list went on and on... I couldn’t take in this long list of disabilities, I needed time to get over the shock of the diagnosis.