Words cannot begin to express how deeply grateful I am that I found the Trisomy18 Foundation. When I was 6 months pregnant we discovered that my identical twin girls both had trisomy 18. One twin had obvious physical abnormalities that would be incompatible with life if no surgical intervention was done (which no MD would do once the T18 diagnosis was given), and the other showed no physical problems in utero, which led us to want to continue the pregnancy and give our girls every possible chance at survival. The foundation, first and foremost, allowed me to connect with other families who had been through similar experiences, which was huge for me because I felt so alone with this diagnosis- I had never heard of Trisomy 18 before and neither did any of my friends or family members. This proved even more important for me after we lost our twins after birth because what helped me most with the grieving process, even now- 7 years later, was connecting with other parents who had been through this too. Even now I have awesome lifelong friendships with moms who have gone through my similar experience. We contact each other when we need support, and we've been able to share our lives and experiences with each other as we deal with life going on after the death of our children. And I cannot say enough about the foundations president, Victoria Miller. The care and compassion she gave is in our darkest and scariest times made such a world of difference. She even called me personally and gave me tips and advice on how to advocate for my baby girls when they were born. She was absolutely amazing! Although my girls didn't live long in this earth after they were born, the Trisomy 18 Foundation has been a life saver for me and I am thankful every day that myself and countless other families out there continue to have it as a resource.
I tried joining the trisomy 18 foundation page after learning about my daughters FT18 diagnosis at 22 weeks pregnant. After answering questions and providing proof that I indeed had a trisomy 18 diagnosis. The administrator of the page who is also the highest level of of board staff for the actual foundation denied me and said I wasn't a good fit for the group and that I should find another group. Who says that? How is that the decision of anyone but myself! It's sickening that a young mother going through this would be denied based on one awful person! This foundation is a joke!
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We had never heard of T18 until our sweet baby boy Gage was diagnosed. He was a real fighter. We never gave up hope despite the diagnosis. We were blessed with our angel for 17 days and will be blessed forevermore. Online resources such as this remind us that we aren't alone.
The Trisomy 18 Foundation provides the information families need during a time of stress and fear and supports all choices with empathy and compassion. The Foundation creates a respectful community space for sharing and supporting one another while publicly advocating for families to medical/healthcare professionals.
This Foundation is amazing. They are focused on family support and support all decisions regarding care.
The Trisomy 18 Foundation provides amazing support to families affected by this condition. When we lost our son in 2009, we felt lost. There is so little information or support available on this condition and much of what is available is biased or misleading. Luckily, we found this organization, which helps all parents going through this terrible ordeal.
My grandson, Nehemiah was born with Trisomy 18,on December 31, 2013. At the age of 56, I had never heard of it. Through our tears and prayers he lived 3 days. This organization helped so much in this heartbreaking situation. I still pray for a cure every day so babies can live. Great non-profit. Now, let's find a cure.
In 2005 I found out my oldest son and wife were expecting our first Grandchild. This news still brings such joy to my heart with tears as they stream down. Even after all these years the Pain of her loss is still so unimaginable.
The day of her sonogram that brought the news she may have hydrocephalus of brain I read all I could on it. Found there were stents to be put in to drain the water after birth.
Next sonogram determined Trisomy 18. along with she was a Girl Alyssa
My niece was born with Trisomy 18 in 1993. I so wish an organization like this had been around back then. I have donated to this site. Just look and see what a great resource they are for the families .
As a parent who was faced with a possible trisomy 18 diagnosis and having never heard of it before this foundation helped provide information, hope and comfort at a time of tremendous stress and sadness.
The Trisomy 18 Foundations gives hope to families blessed with these very special babies. As a grieving parent, I find comfort in the stories shared and support shown by this amazing organization.