I sat by my phone anxiously, watching every text that came across. My niece was having a baby, and I wanted to know the details. Was it a boy or a girl? What was the name? How big? How was my niece doing?
The baby was delivered, and all seemed to be fine. A beautiful baby girl. Eleanor Joy. My niece was doing great.
But without warning, another text crossed my screen. Something wasn’t right. A diagnosis no one suspected had surfaced.
Beautiful Eleanor Joy had Down Syndrome. The doctor was certain of it.
I shuddered as I reread the text. No! It can’t be! I thought. The extensive ultrasounds. The routine prenatal visits. How was it never discovered? How will my niece and her husband cope with this unexpected turn?
Questions without answers. They dominate life. How do you handle them?
In our stepfamily journey, we had an unexpected turn eight years into our marriage. We had moved past the hard transitions, and our family was beginning to enjoy more peaceful relationships. Our four children could sit at the dinner table without fighting (on occasion!) and hope was on the horizon.
But the call from my husband’s ex-wife with unexpected news shook our family to the core. She had colon cancer—late stage. Read more