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.
After learning of our son Aden's T-18 diagnosis, we did a lot of research. This group of amazing people were an invaluable resource to our family. We are blessed by their wonderful support and information during this time. (Aden 5/1/08 full T18)
I want to thank the organization for helping me during the most wonderful and difficult time of my life. I was pregnant with twins and found out we were having a boy and a girl. Life couldn't be better. During the sonogram I noticed one babies head was bigger. We found out a week later that our little girl had a problem with her heart. We were told to abort or entire pregnancy or try to just abort Isabella. I was appalled by what the doctor said. After seeing a wonderful pediatric cardiologist she sent us for genetic testing. We learned the day before Thanksgiving that Isabella had trisomey 18. We knew nothing about this. Thanks to this organization my husband and I learned so much. Isabella and Joseph were born at 36 weeks. Isabella was first at 2 pounds 2 ounces and Joseph second at 4 pounds 3 ounces. Isabella survived 55 beautiful minutes and received her wings in her mommy and daddy arms. Joey is now 17 months old and doing great. He spent a short time in the NICU and has an angel always watching over him. My husband and I have had a hard time dealing with her loss. However thanks to everyone involved here we are not alone and are very grateful. Thank you, The Pizzonia family.
The Trisomy 18 Foundation was an invaluable resource for or family after our son's diagnosis at twenty-one weeks gestation. It gave us the support and courage to choose life for him. We felt prepared to support him during his brief life.
This is a great foundation .it helped us in many ways during the birth and death of our grand daughter and I will continue to support it no matter what.
In 2005 I got the devastating news that the child I was carrying had T18. I had never heard of this, nor had any of my friends or family members. The doctor I had was nice, but did not provide helpful information on how to prepare for what was to come. It was a devastating time, and the only place available for me to turn to for help was the Trisomy 18 Foundation. Though it was the most difficult time in my life, I'm so thankful I had a safe, understanding and compassionate place to turn.
Our son was born with Trisomy 18, 36 years ago. Back then there was no "foundation", no real place for new parents to find out much of anything. Back then, we were told it doesn't usually happen to young mothers (I was 23), that the babies were usually girls (our's was a boy), that they are usually miscarried (not), and that they usually didn't make it past the day they were born (our son lived 5 months 10 days). We were the first parents to be taught how to gavage feed our baby at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary Alberta. We knew nothing. To have a Foundation available for parents of children born with special characteristics is more invaluable than you know. Unless you have been a parent who walked around in a daze because there was virtually no support system, you have no idea how critical it is to have a Foundation that supports you, educates you, and comforts you when needed. The Trisomy 18 NFP is vital to parents and their families.
Our daughter was diagnosed with trisomy 18 at just 15 weeks into my pregnancy. We were completely devastated, but this organization makes you realize you are not alone. It's a place that you can go to where others understand completely how you feel. It also helped our family & friends learn more about trisomy 18.
I am the Grandmother of the most beautiful Granddaughter ever, though she was only with us for one month, the impact she had on myself and my family can never be put in to words. this Foundation was and still is an amazing gift for families going through the struggles of having a child diagnosed with Trisomy 18. They helped me with so many questions and made me feel like I was the only one they were helping but wasn't alone at the same time....They genuinely care for our families and our babies and our hearts
As a grandmother this diagnosis tears at your heart for your grandchild and even more for your children facing the biggest challenge a parent can. For months I visited the site to gain knowledge which I did but also came away with peace. Not in understanding the whys...but in finding solace in knowing all these emotions are shared.