Life is unpredictable, that’s the point. Surprises may come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you never quite know what is around the next corner.
One of those shocks for parents Julie and Dan McConnel was the birth of their twins Milo and Charlie. The boys were born with Down’s syndrome, which often poses a variety of special difficulties for parents.
Milo and Charlie, however, have been two shining lights of happiness for Julie and Dan. Indeed, thanks to the internet, their impact is growing all over the world for the finest reasons…
Many children born with Down syndrome struggle to learn in the same manner that other children do, and they may also have a variety of medical ailments. Simply said, having Down’s syndrome is not a simple condition.
But Julie and Dan McConnel are determined to demonstrate to the world the goodness their twin boys represent. They want to eliminate the stigma associated with Down syndrome, and they’re doing it by using the enormous power of social media.
“I’m hoping to draw families whose children have been diagnosed with Down syndrome since it can be a really dreadful time. Julie told WTSP 10 News, “I hope others will discover us and understand that this is what life can be like.
“It’s not terrifying, it’s full of love, and it can be enjoyable. I really wish others can see how happy and without regrets we are in our life.
The McDonnel family wants to create a community where parents who are unfamiliar with Down syndrome may be informed and made aware of the unexpected blessings a diagnosis can bring.
They take a bit longer to reach milestones, but when they do, she added, “we rejoice like no other parents alive.” When they succeed, “we throw a celebration and we are really happy for them,”
Being fraternal twins with Down’s syndrome, Charlie and Milo are extremely unusual; it’s estimated that they are one in every 14 million cases.
“We hope that people will see us and remember us and that things will continue to improve in our communities with lots of acceptance,” Dan said. “It’s important to show everyone else that we are here and that there are all these kids in our town.”
It’s an exciting moment to be a parent of a kid with Down syndrome, Julie said. “We’re standing on the shoulders of previous parents who have paved the road for all these things to happen,” she said. “I want to watch them mature and pursue their interests.”
We find Julie and Dan’s attitude toward their kids to be quite admirable. By allowing them to become so well-known and just by being positive, they are increasing awareness of the disease, which can only be beneficial!