photograph by: Leigh Essig (2019)

Five-month-old Parker’s smile lights up a room and brings her parents joy every day. Her parents say she is the best snuggler around and has a ferocious appetite.

When Parker entered the world, she showed markers of Down syndrome although the diagnosis did not come until five days later. At first, her parents had questions like any parent would–about her future, her capabilities and how this would affect their family and their lives moving forward. Watching her grow and play over the last few weeks they could not be happier with their healthy, happy, baby girl. They are excited about the future.

Parker has already shown them that she won’t be held back by a disability and watching her wake up to the world after the first few weeks here on earth has been an incredible experience. Down syndrome is not what defines Parker, and she is reminding her parents and those around her of that every day.

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Family Connection of South Carolina provides services and resources to families who have a child with a disability or specialized healthcare need. Since 1990 we have served more than 100,000 families and today our services are needed more than ever. We focus on parent-to-parent support, guidance with navigating the complex healthcare system, and assistance with school meetings and special education plans.

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