October 5, 2016

Today I was sitting behind a young college girl and I overheard she was going to school to be a geneticist. I so badly wished I was sitting next to her to chat. Here's the letter I wrote to her instead. 

Dear future Geneticist,

Hi. My name is Sierra and I happened to be...

October 5, 2016

Dear Doctor,
 

Five years ago this week, my husband and I came to you looking for answers related to the health of our unborn baby's brain. You see, weeks earlier, our quad screen had indicated that our baby girl would likely be born with Down syndrome, though ultrasoun...

October 5, 2016

Dear Geneticist, 

When we met with you for the first time, our daughter was seven months old. You didn't officially give us her diagnosis, but you were the first to talk to us about Down syndrome. In those seven months since we received her birth diagnosis, we had been...

October 5, 2016

Dear Genetic Counselor,
 

I will never forget the day I got the news that our son Asher would be born with Down Syndrome. The OBGYN called and told me my test results came back abnormal for Down Syndrome and that we would need to meet with you as soon as possible.

I reme...

October 5, 2016

Dear Doctor,

I first met you nearly six years ago when I found out I was pregnant.  While I knew little about what pregnancy actually entailed, I did know how much I wanted to be a mom. I was thrilled to be sitting in your room, waiting to hear that fluttering heartbeat...

October 4, 2016


Dear Nurse,

I had just had my baby. I went into labor before my scheduled c-section and my hospital I was supposed to deliver at was full.

So there I was at a hospital 30 minutes away from home, totally unprepared. "What a beautiful baby boy, he's perfect and he's the m...

October 4, 2016


Dear {Genetic Counselor} and staff:

Now that our son is a year old, I wanted to take a moment and provide some feedback on the diagnosis experience that we received from you and the MFM clinic.

When we first met Kathryn, we'd been told that my quad test showed a higher...

October 4, 2016

Dear Doctor,

I wanted to write you about my experience with my prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Although the initial diagnosis was delivered by our genetic counselor on a Thursday evening, you took over from there immediately. I'd have to say, you did everything rig...

October 4, 2016


Dear Genetic Counselor,

 
I never thought I would have a meeting with you regarding my child. But as fate would have it, my youngest child, Jonas, had an appointment with you at just 1 month old. Jonas was born with Down syndrome and his pediatrician recommended we see...

October 4, 2016

Dear Doctor,

I do not remember your name, but I will never forget your first words to me.  I had just given birth to our first child, a beautiful baby boy, who had arrived four weeks early. His surprise arrival is actually the only reason why you and your neonatology te...

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