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.
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.
When my Brilyn was diagnosed with T18 at the tender age of 2 days old, we were devastated and felt so very, very alone. We searched for support and found Trisomy 18 Foundation. We were given the support and information we very much needed. It's been over 6 years, and I am so very thankful for the wonderful, unconditional support and tlc that our family has received.
My daughter Alyssa was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, six years ago. We quickly looked for information and what we found on most sites was discouaging. The Trisomy 18 foundation provided us with hope. The information was accurate, encouraging, and clear. Alyssa has full Trisomy 18 and will celebrate her seventh birthday in two weeks. I am an advocate for my daughter and often direct medical professionals and others to the Trisomy 18 foundation site. It's important that medical providers and families to know that these babies can survive and lead meaningful lives. We have a blog firstname.lastname@example.org , with a Trisomy 18 diagnosis there is still a world full of possibilities. Thank you Trisomy 18 foundation.
The Trisomy 18 Foundation was established shortly after we lost our daughter to the disorder in 2003. I have followed their efforts for many years, and have often thought how much help such an organization would have been during our time with our daughter. Their work is important and life-changing!
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 first child was diagnosed at 24 weeks gestation after a battery of tests. Being our first child, first grandchild for my in-laws, it was crushing and devastating news. We had never heard of such a thing as Trisomy 18 and thought it was something we would go through alone with many questions going unanswered. However, this group has made a world of difference in our understanding, healing and growth. We now have two beautifully healthy and happy children but they know all about their big sister. We celebrate her birthday every year and use her name daily. Thank you so much.
I lost my baby girl to T18, a syndrome I'd never even heard of before. Through the foundation I gained a knowledge and respect for those affected by it. Not everyone's choices are the same but require respect and understanding. The foundation is there to help those in need of support, and recognition of the efforts of the volunteers and expert advice that is at hand should not go unnoticed. Wherever possible I would like to raise awareness and believe this award would be extremely beneficial in doing just that.
I am the mother of a baby girl who was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. I had Paige Elizabeth Russell on June 11, 2013 via C-section and two days later found out she had been diagnosed with Trisomy 18. We took her off her ventilator on June 26, 2013 and lost her. The people with the Trisomy 18 Foundation have been amazing!! The little things they do, even just talking to you, helps me a lot. I've been dealing with Kristine Shaughnessy and I couldn't have asked for a better person to talk to. I highly recommend this foundation to anyone.
I found this page after the loss of my niece. I found comfort in seeing pictures of the other babies, knowing we are not alone in our loss. I enjoy reading about other families, sharing there joy and sadness. This page serves to educate people on something that you normally wouldn't hear of till it hits close to home. Great job! Keep it up!
My Daughter - in - law lost a child to Trisomy 18 before she met my son. She still suffers from her loss and always will. I started reading the Facebook articles on the these families. I can't stop. My Heart aches for them. I am so very greatful that I had three healthy children. Most people I s/w don't know what it is, so I can at least spread the word. If you are as lucky as I was, please look it up and do the same. Thank you for listening.
My brother and sister in law have a son, baby Peter who was a trisomy 18 baby. He lived a very short time. We had a brother who was also a special needs child who died at age 11. We had a cousin with MS.
The Trisomy 18 Foundation has done a tremendous job supporting the needs of a diverse group of trisomy 18 children and families. There are children who like my nephew pass on early. They leave behind the broken hearts that need mending. Trisomy 18 Foundation is very good at making these short lives count for something and have genuine meaning with the tributes on the legacy page. They offer support to families in mourning with other families who have been there and offer true solace and compassion. They offer awareness of the medical condition of Trisomy 18. And they pass along hope and lift up all of us with stories of those affected who are beating the odds and living longer lives. The collective experience of the families gifted with a Trisomy 18 child is channeled productively to three advisory councils, Family, Medical and Research which brings first hand knowledge and experience to families in need, and to professionals who are aided by the insights, knowledge and wisdom acquired. This foundation does important work. All advisory councils do valuable work. Especially important is the guidance that the Trisomy 18 Foundation offers to help to determine what areas of research are needed most to help combat and finally conquer this genetic disorder. I endorse their efforts highly. -James R. Peterson, P.E./M.B.A.
When my second daughter was born, we had no idea she had Trisomy 18. When she was diagnosed, I felt lost, alone and devastated. The Trisomy 18 Foundation was there for me to create a Legacy page, and to lean on. I continue to get support from this foundation even now... almost three years later.
My beautiful son was diagnosed with full Trisomy 18 when he was 20 weeks inside me. We never heard about Trisomy 18 and only given few weeks to decide wheater carry to term or termination. The Trisomy 18 Foundation and its forum provide us information and support we need during these difficulty times. We decided to carry the baby to term. Emmanuel was born at 32 weeks and 3 days; lived for 1 hour 41 minutes. We were sad but we are prepared. Thank you Trisomy 18 Foundation.
The Trisomy 18 Foundation is a wonderful organization to turn to in order to make sense of a sensless situation. Last November we lost our litle Willow Marie at 30 weeks gestation. I then carried her for another 8 weeks while her twin sister (Charley) grew strong and healthy (she does not have T18). The Trisomy 18 Foundation was place to turn to be with others who knew what I was going through. Friends and family were supportive, but could not understand. A year later, I still turn to the foundation.