Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tests and More Tests – 1

Almost immediately after the diagnosis, we started the process of making sure that Ben had no serious health issues. The first test we had to subject him to was a renal ultrasound. Because of the high instance of abnormalities of … Continue reading

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The Fourth and Fifth Stages of Grief

“But if somebody dies, if something happens to you, there is a normal process of depression, it is part of being human, and some people view it as a learning experience etc.” Bob Geldof Depression The period of depression I … Continue reading

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The Second and Third Stages of Grief

“The angry people are those people who are most afraid. Dr. Robert Anthony Anger Once the finality of Ben’s diagnosis became clear the denial came to an abrupt halt. In its place came some pretty intense anger. “Why did this … Continue reading

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The Five Stages of Grief – Part 1

As I look back on how I developed as a new mother these twenty years later, I can see that I clearly went through the five stages of grief on the road to acceptance of my new life. These stages, … Continue reading

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The Diagnosis – Part 2

There were three additional common traits of Trisomy 9. Three, which at this point we did not know if Ben carried. They were moderate to severe mental retardation, cardiac abnormalities and abnormalities of the renal system. The doctor suggested that our … Continue reading

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