For many years, Jessica Egan and her husband had had many years of great difficulty trying to conceive, including a tragic experience with a round of failed IVF, so when they found out that Jessica was pregnant, to say they were both absolutely overjoyed is an understatement.
However, just 11 weeks into their parenting journey, a blood test revealed that the little girl who was currently growing inside Jessica was positive for Trisomy 21.. aka, Down syndrome.
“When we decided to have a baby, of course, we hoped that it would happen right away,” Jessica herself told Bored Panda.
“When it didn’t, we found that it was easier to bear because there are so many resources available for people who are struggling to get pregnant. I joined a local infertility support group and made a lot of great friendships with other ladies going through the same thing. When our first round of IVF failed it was disappointing, but we decided not to get discouraged and to keep trying. It was from our second attempt at IVF that our daughter was born.”
“We found out when I was 11 weeks pregnant that our unborn baby had been diagnosed with Down syndrome. At first, we were devastated but it was because we didn’t have any experience with Down syndrome and it was something we were not expecting at all. We grieved very deeply for about three days and then my husband and I decided that we wanted to educate ourselves so that we could be happy and look forward to the birth of our baby.”