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The Lucky Ones
The Lucky Ones

This is my great story about my son Joseph. He was born April 23, 2011. I knew there was a chance he would have Down syndrome but declined to have the amnio because it wouldn’t change what I felt about him already. Two weeks after he was born we received our confirmation that he had Down syndrome and in that moment my world seemed to crumble before me. I spent probably at least two weeks experiencing every emotion possible and one day it just all clicked and I realized that he is mine and I am his. When he was six months old he was diagnosed with infantile spasms and was started on a medication. It worked for a month he didn’t have any seizures and then he started having them again. He would end up having seizures for the next eight excruciating months. We tried a second medication, ketogenic diet and finally a liquid steroid medication and that’s what finally stopped them. July 17, 2012 was the day I realized he had not had a seizure. He has been seizure free for six months now and we are counting every single day as a blessing! He is so amazing and has taught us so many things. We have a pretty big family and I can safely say that our whole family has been impacted in such a way we would’ve never imagined by his absolutely inspiring life. He will be two in a couple of months and I just can’t believe all that he has overcome and all that he has accomplished in his short life. People tell me that he is so lucky to have a mommy and daddy like us but we know that we are the lucky ones to have him in our lives. We love you so much Joseph! You continue to make us so proud and we are so blessed to be a part of YOUR amazing life!




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Penny Bohannon, United States, TX
2/28/2013 6:08:39 PM
I think this is a family that goes above and beyond. This little boy has a mother that not only loves little Jo but all the little ones in the DS community. This is one lucky community and one lucky lady! Very proud to know this family.

Sydney Ingraham, United States, TX
2/28/2013 5:56:50 PM
Good Luck to you and your beautiful family!!!! God Bless!!

Naomi Kingery, United States, CA
2/22/2013 8:07:22 PM
Genevie and Daniel, I am so proud of how the both of you have brought up baby Joseph as the special blessing that he is. He is such a wonderful little boy and is making a true impact on this world. God has designed him perfectly and my goodness, he is so handsome! I love you and am proud of you and your beautiful family, you will continue to do great things for such a good cause!

Guadalupe cano, United States, TX
2/22/2013 1:23:56 PM
I hope to meet my little cousin soon.you have such a great strong family Joseph.keep that cute big smile no matter what.

stephanie greene, United States, TX
2/22/2013 1:07:23 PM
I'm so proud of you two. You have the strength most would dream for.

Amanda Nino, United States, TX
2/22/2013 12:20:49 PM
Joseph is an angel! I am so touched by the parents strength and faith during the most trying times! God bless his recovery! God bless his precious little life!

Marion Witt, United States, TX
2/6/2013 3:19:03 PM
What an inspiring young man who brings life and joy to his family every day. God is great and His blessings are immense. With prayers and love for an amazing family.

Jan Taylor, United States, CA
2/6/2013 1:35:05 PM
It was such a joy to meet you, Joseph and your parents! We are proud of your Mommy and Daddy and they way they have faced challenges to your health with the wisdom of Jesus. You truly are a blessing to your family and to your world! Happy almost BIRTHDAY young man. Jan Marie (a friend of your Godmother, Jean.)

Christine Freedman, United States, CA
2/6/2013 1:29:27 PM
A very amazing story. He is precious and a gift to all. God always has a plan and we are here as God's tools.... may his parents and extended family continue to be uplifted and inspired by little Joseph!

Jean Kingery, United States, CA
2/6/2013 1:23:21 PM
The Cano's have leaned into God for the most important support of PERFECT LOVE to give to Joseph. Truly an inspirational story and family! Blessings, Jean

will chan, United States, TX
2/6/2013 12:56:23 PM
Joseph is a true inspiration!

Vanessa Balderas, United States, TX
2/5/2013 1:30:59 PM
i couldnt have asked for a better nephew than Joseph. He has truly touched my life in so many ways. I cant help but to talk about him everyday to my friends and co-workers. He is taught me so many things in life that I didnt realize & for that I admire him and his strength. He has been so resilent to all that life has throw at him and still manages to have a smile on his face all the time. Joseph lights up a room and when you see him, all your worries go away. I love him will all my heart and I admire my sister and brother in law for all they do for him. He will continue to touch the lives of others. I adore my Squishy :)

Jennifer Libby, United States, TX
2/5/2013 12:57:49 PM
He is God's miricle. You are great parents and have been chosen to do God's work. The journey is hard at times, but so amazing too. Love you

Jessica Todryk, United States, TX
2/5/2013 11:47:51 AM
Joseph is a remarkable boy with wonderful parents! They are all so lucky to have each other...

Amanda Cruz, United States, TX
2/5/2013 11:26:45 AM
Knowing Jo and his family I can only say how amazed and moved by him we all are. Yes he is lucky to have the wonderful loving family that he does. But he has brought so much more to their lives and everyone's lives that they have touched. I can say he has made an impact on me and my family in such a positive way. I couldn't imagine not having him as a part of our lives.

Keturah Gray, India,
2/5/2013 11:16:13 AM
What an incredible little boy & he hasn't even turned two YET!

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