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The Gift of Bryson
Michael and Bryson Young
Michael and Bryson Young
The Gift of Bryson

I remember the first time I saw my son Bryson on an ultrasound. Even though I could only see an approximation on a screen of the little guy, I knew right away that I was going to love him. What I did not know were the hardships he would have to face during his first year of life. Though we had several other tests and ultrasounds, we had no idea that Bryson would have Down syndrome. He came into the world at 3 am, tiny and not breathing. The nurses whisked him away and one came to my side to speak to me. In hushed tones, she told me that Bryson exhibited some of the physical markers for Down syndrome, but that further testing would be needed. The tests confirmed it not long later. It was something I had never imagined would be a part of my life. I already knew some of the challenges that came being a father of a child with special needs, as his older brother is on the autistic spectrum. Suddenly, I realized that our lives had been completely turned on their heads again. It would be 40 days before we could take Bryson home, and over the next year, Bryson underwent a series of surgeries and procedures to correct various birth defects. For many months, he could only eat out of a feeding tube inserted directly into his stomach. My wife and I had to learn many new skills in taking care of our little guy. Bryson is now celebrating his second birthday, and what I predicted the first time I saw him has come true in a wonderful way. I have never seen a child with such a loving personality, such a bright countenance, and such joy for life. When we go out in public, he turns heads with his beaming grin and infectious laugh. Every day that we have with him seems like an incredible gift, and just being around him makes me want to be a better person. He has that effect on people. They naturally want to be kinder, gentler and more loving when they are around him. We now can’t imagine life without him and all agree that we never want to.




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Angel Navarro, United States, CA
11/20/2012 11:30:07 AM
WOW! Just when I thought I was the only person in the world with a son 2 1/2 with ASD AND a 7 1/2 month old baby girl with Down Syndrome....at least I sure felt like the only person. Looking forward to digging in and reading your story. Congratulations to you and your family on this beautiful and wonderful accomplishment : ) Sincerely...Angel Navarro

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