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December 11, 2008

Normal Syndrome

The following Poem is terrific!  People want to think that having a baby/child with Down syndrome or any other disability is horrific or sad or whatever.  But no one thought about the "typical" child.  I have two typical children and raising them sometimes can be more challenging than raising my baby with Ds.  So, the poem below is funny and to the point.  
You will never know what your child(ren) will be capable of doing (doing to get in and out of trouble!).
"I'm very sorry, I have the results of the genetic tests and they have confirmed our suspicions that your fetus is what we call...Normal. 

Some people prefer the terms "Ordinarily Challenged" or "Normal Syndrome". The syndrome can be easily identified by a complete lack of any interesting genetic characteristics. I know this will come as a shock to you, buy you should be aware of what this is likely to mean.

If your fetus manages to survive the rest of the pregnancy and the birth, which is becoming more common these days, he or she will face some daunting challenges. Children who suffer from normalcy are prone to health and psychological problems. It is almost certain that the growing child will suffer a seemingly endless stream of viruses. They will frequently damage themselves, and sometimes others, from their excessive energy.

Their relentless demands will put a strain on your existing family and, of course, your relationship with your partner will suffer, and possibly end in a painful and acrimonious separation. Any children you already have, even if they also suffer from normalcy, will be jealous of the newcomer and all their extra attention. Many siblings are liable to be psychologically scarred by the new arrival. 

I need hardly mention the financial consequences, although disastrous, they will be nothing compared to the emotional turmoil your life will suffer. 

After a while, you may be lucky and find they can be kind and loving young children. They may find some temporary happiness in things such as music, dancing, food or playing with toys. 

But if they survive early childhood, a Normal child is almost certain to grow into a Normal adolescent. Your years of sacrifice will be thrown back in your face as they become disobedient, wild and reckless. Unable to find happiness and contentment, they will treat you with contempt until they manage to leave home. Even then the suffering will continue as they will often return to try and extract money. They will blame you for their own faults and leave you bitter and twisted. 

They may well become criminals, over a quarter of Normals will have trouble with the law, many will spend time in jail. Many will have problems with alcohol or drug abuse. Normal marriages are often unhappy and short and over half end in divorce. 

Even if they become successful this is likely to be because of the often observed tendency of Normals towards excessive greed. The chances of them sharing their success with you are remote and they will tend to see you as an embarrassment. 

Finally, Normal people are likely to die before their time. 23% will die of cancer, 33% of heart disease. Hundreds every year in this country alone are so distressed by their condition that they take their own life. I'm sorry to say that many will have had a lonely, painful and pointless existence. 

I am afraid that Normal Syndrome is a genetic condition that affects every cell of the body, and so is impossible to cure."

By Anon.


  1. This is great...If you don't mind, I would like to post this as is so true...sometimes thinking about the challenges that our own typical children face everyday is harder to think about than the challenges our DS kids have to face...thanks for sharing this.

  2. I love this. I've read it many times and have had a lot of my family read it. It really shows how much negativity is put on a person that is not considered "typical".

  3. This is excellent! I raise my eyebrow at my 2 typical teens when the conversation comes up and say, loudly enough for them to hear, "I call them undiagnosed!" And they both say, "Yet!"

    People have no idea how they sound.

  4. I have not seen this before but, if you don't mind, I'd like to link to this in my own blog. I have 1 genetically "normal" and geneically "special" twins and each can give me a run for my money on any given day. I hear, however, that kids with "normal syndrome" who grow up with "special" siblings are more compassionate. So, there's something to look forward to.



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