November 13, 2012
11 years ago, we were introduced to Trisomy 18 with the birth of our daughter. At that time, there were very few resources available to us for information about this chromosomal condition as well as available support groups. We searched the Internet and came across an electronic bulletin board format community discussing Trisomy 18. Postings were words of support for new parents touched by T18 as well as information as it became available. Sometimes, online chat sessions were initiated just so members could interact. As someone who tended to hide their emotions, the people that reached out to me to offer support was invaluable. What a long way the Trisomy 18 Foundation has come in the decade that followed! Trisomy18.org is a terrific resource, providing information and support as well as stories of other family journeys with T18. We were able to post our own story which helped us relive precious memories with our daughter and helped us through the grieving process. Every year, we remember her birthday and angel days and reference Trisomy18.org through Facebook to keep her memory alive in us and our friends. It really is a nice feeling knowing that her story is there for everyone to see and hopefully gain some encouragement and support. Victoria and the others at the Trisomy 18 Foundation have done a wonderful job making sure that anyone touched by Trisomy 18 has access to information and support! Thank you to the T18 team! --Philip Minami
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