I sit at my computer deleting e-mails I won't have time to read today, including one from my Down syndrome support group with the subject heading "New Testing for DS."
As a mother of a child with Down syndrome, I get asked the “Did you get tested?” question frequently, for which I reply, “No, I didn't.” And sometimes I get asked, “What would you have done if the test was positive for Down syndrome?” and I respond, “I honestly don't know.” And if someone were to ask me what I thought of this new, early-detection test for Down syndrome, I'd say, “I have to think about it.”
I try to imagine what other tests scientists will come up with for already anxious moms in waiting, and I try to add a little humor to the idea: Announcing the Terrible Two Test! Scientists have discovered a way to inform pregnant women if their unborn child will become terrible at the age of two, giving them advance warning if they test positive, or great relief if they test negative... I laugh at the thought.
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