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My Graduate
Graduation Day June 4, 2011
Graduation Day June 4, 2011
My Graduate

My Graduate! Wow, what can I say about my 18 year old daughter, Chelsie N. Taylor? It all began on February 6th, 1993. Being 19 years of age, simply a baby having a baby, I had to grow up fast. I didn't find out until 4 hours after her birth what all the hustle-and-bustle of doctors, nurses and looks of concern were about. To me, she was perfect, all her toes, fingers, arms and legs. She was not abnormal to me but to everyone else she was. I remember the doctor coming to me to explain what was going on with my baby girl. To this day I knew everything was going to be a learning experience. 
We went through bowel surgery at five days old, heart surgery at six months old and minor surgeries that accompany "typical" childhood years. Then, at age three we started pre-school and I saw my little "train" that could blossom. There wasn't a day that went by where she didn't amaze me, from the day she rode the bus by herself to every little step, to sit up, to feed herself, to grip things to play with and to the one day she said what every mother wishes to hear: "Mommy!" 
One thing that I have learned from her is to take it day by day and to love unconditionally. I appreciate my daughter for teaching me how to love and to smile just because. I often wonder what it would be like to be in her "world" with peace and no worries. Today Chelsie is a healthy loving young lady who is proud to have Down syndrome and nothing gets in her way. As you can see, she is now a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School with a class of 412 other young adults. 
In August, we will be starting a new adventure, college; where she will continue to grow and learn life skills to allow her to be a part of a community and workplace. I am a proud mother of an 18 year old with Down syndrome - everyone can learn from them!

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Danielle W. Harmon, United States, DE
8/10/2011 1:54:18 PM
vote for Chelsie Taylor!!!!!!!

Sharon Lagarelli, United States, DE
8/10/2011 2:17:56 PM
I know Chelsea and she is a loving young lady.. Her mother has been an awesome mom.

Cammy Wyatt, United States, DE
8/10/2011 2:17:56 PM
I had the pleasure of working with Chelsie Taylor while she was a student at Caesar Rodney High School. She is an amazing young woman!!!

dawn hudson, United States, DE
8/10/2011 3:27:46 PM
soooo proud of you Chelsea! congratulations and keep reaching for the stars we all know you can do it! LOVE U

jennifer lynn foraker, United States, DE
8/10/2011 3:59:56 PM
Chelsie Taylor is a wonderful person inside and out. I have watched her grow into a beautiful young lady,from the first day of kindergarten to graduating high school :) She will make you laugh with her sillyness and has made me cry with her accomplishment

Cammy Wyatt, United States, DE
8/10/2011 6:52:34 PM
I had the honor of working with Chelsie when she was a student in my classroom at Caesar Rodney High School. She is an amazing young lady and her mother supports her fully in everything she does. It is my priveldge to know these two women.

Cheryl Manship, United States, DE
8/11/2011 9:29:31 AM
Chelsie is a lesson for all of us in America to show love and always smile in whatever the situation. God Bless Chelsie

Eve Herber, United States, SC
8/12/2011 4:09:23 PM
Chelsea is an amazing young lady!

Linda Wells, United States, DE
8/14/2011 9:10:04 PM have done such a great job & Chelsie is such a beautiful young woman for you to be very proud of! I am so excited she is moving forward with her education. Love you guys!!!!

T21 Club of the Delaware Valley, United States, PA
8/27/2011 9:09:34 PM
What a wonderful, positive, and uplifting story!!!

ozge bozkurt, Turkey,
9/6/2011 1:13:12 PM
This story encourage me I'm very happy for you I hope all of our kids accomplish this kind of success too

Barbara Cummings, United States, NJ
9/16/2011 11:18:46 AM
How ironic that I should read a story written about a young women named Chelsie. We have so much in common in our lives, my daughter was born the same day, has the same name and had heart surgery at 6 months of age.

RuLinda Krasovic, United States, TX
9/28/2011 2:55:30 PM
What a great role model for other children with Down Syndrome!

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