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.
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 .
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.
I have not had a positive experience with this organization and would certainly direct other families just learning of a trisomy diagnosis to more informative and supportive groups: SOFT, Hope for Trisomy, etc. The website and blog boards have not changed in the 4.5 years since i have been navigating in the world of trisomy and don't understand why. There are supportive parents out there that want to help whether a child is surviving and thriving or your angel has gone home too soon. Accurate information can empower a parent in crisis to make the best decision for their family and I do not feel that this foundation provides the most current or accurate information. They have a website that provides information for parents who have lost a child but very few to no resources for those that children survive!
Foundation Staff 09/24/2013
It's always a challenge to balance the need for accurate, complete information about Trisomy 18 and the reality of it's devastating consequences and sharing information about and for families with living children coping with Trisomy 18. We hear you that you think we don't have that balance right from your point of view, and we’ll keep working on that. Fortunately, there are many community resources and disability groups that are available for parents with living, medically-fragile children, and so we don't try to duplicate those services but rather help with referrals to those other support groups. You mention 2 good ones we regularly refer to -- and we hope you'll honor them with positive reviews on their profile pages here at Great NonProfits.
I cannot thank you enough, VIctoria, The Trisomy 18 Foundation and all the amazing Trisomy 18 parents for all of your support, and words of kindness and advice. My daughter was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, against the odds of what the doctors all told me, she did survive for almost 11 months... 11 months of my life that I will never forget and will treasure forever. The doctors had told me to take her home to die, when she 'surprised' them by surviving birth, but I chose to take her home to live. The Trisomy 18 foundation provides so much support while you are going through such a devastating period. They provide the facts, the real facts that yes many do not survive, but there are survivors.
The Trisomy 18 Foundation provides an excellent resource for families who have received the devastating news that their child has Trisomy 18. Without such a resource, so many families would have a much more difficult time learning about the disease and a much more difficult time meeting other families who are living with the diagnosis. It provides the research but also offers the emotional support that one can after being through the situation first hand.