Loving Andrew: A Fifty-Two-Year Story of Down Syndrome

Loving Andrew A Fifty Two Year Story of Down Syndrome A mother recounts how the birth of Andrew with Down syndrome and the loss to cancer of a second baby start a family s journey through the maze of parenthood With the support of a loving father mothe

  • Title: Loving Andrew: A Fifty-Two-Year Story of Down Syndrome
  • Author: Romy Wyllie
  • ISBN: 9781478298342
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • A mother recounts how the birth of Andrew with Down syndrome, and the loss to cancer of a second baby start a family s journey through the maze of parenthood With the support of a loving father, mother, and two younger siblings, Andrew mastered the skills of life and became a contributing member of society In spite of coping with schizophrenia in his later years, AndrewA mother recounts how the birth of Andrew with Down syndrome, and the loss to cancer of a second baby start a family s journey through the maze of parenthood With the support of a loving father, mother, and two younger siblings, Andrew mastered the skills of life and became a contributing member of society In spite of coping with schizophrenia in his later years, Andrew remained active, happy, and full of love until Alzheimer s stole his memory and brought his life to a close at the age of fifty two In spite of being told that their firstborn son would have many limitations in life, his parents were amazed at what Andrew achieved He learned to read and write, ride a bicycle sometimes too far from home play the piano, swim almost as well as his siblings, ride horseback and perform dressage, graduate in special education from high school, take classes at a community college, travel alone on Chicago s public transportation system, hold a job in a regular supermarket for 25 years, win ribbons and medals in Special Olympics events, and serve as the lead acolyte in his church Andrew s ability to describe the demons of his paranoid schizophrenia that plagued his later years provides a picture of a little known ailment among the Down syndrome population This book is aimed at a broad audience in order to help all people understand the humanity and value of a person with a disability This is especially important as medical technology continues to improve prenatal testing for abnormalities, and parents are faced with the heart wrenching decision to terminate a pregnancy or risk having a less than perfect baby The number of children born with Down syndrome is being drastically reduced, just as opportunities for them to be accepted into the mainstream of life have never been better, and their development has improved exponentially Life is a game of chance and we should not expect to play God No embryo selection or prenatal test can guarantee a flawless product or rule out unexpected calamities such as the death to cancer of our second baby Interwoven in the story of Andrew are half a century of changing attitudes toward the developmentally disabled improved educational opportunities and discussions on pre natal testing and abortion Examples from the stories of two other children with Down syndrome, born 21 and 35 years after Andrew, help to illustrate the services that became available after passage of the law Education for All Handicapped Children in 1975, and underline the challenges that we faced without such services Excerpt from the Foreword by Brian Chicoine, MD As the medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center I always appreciate any occasion to get a in depth look into the lives of those individuals and their families This book is one such opportunity It is about the hope of that journey, and is told through the life of an amazing, delightful, loving, fun, and caring man Each person has a story Andrew certainly had his In this book, you will get to know Andrew, learn his story, appreciate him, and love him Perhaps you, too, will experience the journey, the hope, and the casting aside of preconceived notions.

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    1. LOVING ANDREW by Romy WyllieA LIFE WELL LIVEDAndrew was special in so many ways; not necessarily different, just special. He had Down syndrome, once known as mongolism. His life story is told by his loving mother who refused to “put him away,” as was common practice at that time, and insisted upon making him socially acceptable and included into the mainstream of family, friends, school, and the workplace. Despite the many hardships and deprivations she suffered, she adored Andrew and was al [...]

    2. Loving Andrew - Romy WylieLoving Andrew is an intelligent, informative and deeply felt book—filled with personal insight, in which Romy Wylie lovingly details what it was like to raise a child, born in 1959, with Down’s Syndrome.The Wylies chose to accept their “mongoloid” son, rather than institutionalize him, despite all urgings and counseling, common at that time. Their path was a difficult one and I was rooting for Andrew and his parents on every page, overjoyed to see him find indep [...]

    3. “Loving Andrew” was, and is, a well written and eye-opening true story. In “Loving Andrew” Romy Wyllie, the book’s author has provided the reader with an unflinchingly real look at what it is like to have a child with a challenging disability.Andrew, Romy’s son, was born in 1959. However, due to his being born with Down syndrome, he might as well have been born during the dark ages since that’s about how knowledgeable and understanding a 1959 society was in their acceptance of disa [...]

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