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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 is the internet’s most complete source of medical and family resources for trisomy 18 & 13

What is Trisomy 18?
What is Trisomy 13?
What are the Related Disorders?

Trisomy 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

So much information... Click here to go DIRECTLY to the website.
Slideshow, Videos, Family Stories, Professional Articles and Literature, E-care book,
Facebook Page and Group support communities where families gather to share their experiences.

TAM Postcard front

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Trisomy 13 Syndrome ~ Patau Syndrome ~ Life Expectancy ~ Medical treatments and care for children - a free download! 
Having a Living Survivor with full trisomy 13, is my go-to site for the last 15 years when searching for family support information or professional resources to share with Natalia's Doctors and Therapists. Please check out their HOME Page of the website. They have a wealth of information. ~ ThereseAnn, mom to Natalia Marie (Living with Trisomy 13, 15 years old in 2015)
*Click here for Natalia Marie's SOFT story page

SOFT is the internet’s most complete source of medical and family resources for trisomy 18 & 13.

“The Carebook:” The nationally recognized book about caring for children with trisomy 18 and 13 – a free download!

What is Trisomy 18? or 13? or Related Disorders?
 Trisomy 18 occurs in about 1 in 7,000 live births and is the result of an extra copy of the 18th chromosome being present in Trisomy 18 Facts.
 Trisomy 13 occurs in about 1 in 10,000 live births and is the result of an extra copy of the 13th chromosome being present in Trisomy 13 Facts.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Trisomy 13 LIFE facebook Group 2015 - Families Transformed by Love

PRENATAL, PRE-BORN, LIVING and GRIEF Support.Trisomy13LIFE families, through their own grief and pain, reach out to help others on this very unique journey with Trisomy 13. All these families have lived and are living with a Trisomy 13 diagnosis and the reality of how it changes lives. With Courage, Grace, and Hope they continue on. Experiencing the transformation of grief into “Thanksgiving JOY.”
Many families gathering together again from the
Original Living with Trisomy 13 .org Community.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13 Awareness Month (March) - Follow www.TRISOMY.ORG and Facebook Pages for events

MARCH 2015
FOLLOW THE www.TRISOMY.ORG EVENTS on the website and Facebook Pages

SOFT Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders

SOFT'S Annual Trisomy Awareness Page
United and Together we Stand... Trisomy Strong

Submit your: Trisomy Child's Story &  Jumping 4 Trisomy Videos,
Purchase  tee shirts, bumper stickers, trisomy strong wristbands and more...
Create a Facebook Trisomy Awareness Profile photo and add a 
Trisomy Awareness banner to your Facebook page.
(use the facebook links above the photo)

Contact SOFT or for more info

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Every Life is a Gift" March for Life DC and Walk for Life West Coast - Highlighting the Challenging Prenatal Diagnosis of Trisomy 21, Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13 and Spina Bifida

Eternal Word Television Network (you can view off the website,  EWTN APP or check your local listing for the EWTN schedule).

I was very happy to see the March for Life 2015 theme is “Every Life is a Gift.”
They are addressing the challenging prenatal journey when families are given a poor prenatal diagnosis, highlighting the trisomy experience and many pressures put upon women and families to abort these unique babies.

EWTN TV  will be following the PRO-LIFE events

March for Life 2015 DC

Walk for Life 2015 West Coast

Pray with the Bishops to End Abortion 
On January 22 our nation will mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence. 
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a "culture of life" from Saturday, January 17 -  Sunday, January 25!

Remember the UNBORN Powerful Virtual Video Memorial click here

Motherhood And The Gift Of The “Rite For The Blessing Of A Child In The Womb” - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Rite for the Blessing of the Child in the Womb can be done by a priest or deacon and is available in English and Spanish.  The Rite opens with readings of the Visitation, the Annunciation, the prophecy of Sarah’s conception of Isaac, or other similar readings.  It includes a blessing for the mother to “grant her comfort in all anxiety and make her determined to lead her child along the ways of salvation,” the text reads.  And there is a blessing for the father to “grant him courage in this new responsibility and make him an example of justice and truth for this child.”  An excerpt of the blessing reads:  Click for PDF (English and Spanish) 

Trisomy 13 Life Worth Living 

I've added a January 2015 update on Natalia's most recent progress on her SOFT Story page. Click here

Be sure to visit the SOFT website and Facebook Page for daily updates on trisomy living.
Click here

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Trisomy Support at SOFT at (regarding broken url links)

These Trisomy Resources will help you find support within your Trisomy Journey

SOFT Support Organization for Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13 and Related Trisomy Disorders - FREE Care of the trisomy infant and child EBOOK
Natalia's SOFT story

ITA International Trisomy Alliance
FREE Preparing for your child's arrival and children's books which explain the trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 facts - International translations

TRIS Tracking Rare Incidence Syndromes
Ongoing study project many trisomy case studies and publications.

It will take some time for me to adjust all the LINKS on this blog going to specific SOFT areas on the SOFT website. If you come upon any broken links as you arrive on the SOFT website,  just continue to the SOFT HOME page and SEARCH for the topic you are looking for.

Friday, April 4, 2014

If your Trisomy Baby Could talk... making the right decisions for your Trisomy Journey

To all the Trisomy Parents wondering what decisions to make after their child's diagnosis...
Prenatal or Postnatal (afterbirth diagnosis) 
Carrying to Term, Perinatal Hospice, Palliative Support, 
Medical Treatment, Surgical Intervention and Supportive Living Care.
If your Baby could talk... this is what your baby would say...   
View on youtube -

View on youtube -

LIKE and FOLLOW's Facebook Page and Group

International Trisomy Alliance
ITA publications you can download and print FREE

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March is Trisomy Awareness Month

Free Information & Literature for  Families:  Clicking this link takes you to a brief form which, when completed, opens a page with many free documents about trisomy.  Select what interests you and read, print or save it.    This free information includes Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13 and Other Chromosome Disorders fact sheets, growth and surgery information, an explanation of common problems, sample newsletter,  conference and book order information, and much more.   At the bottom of this home page, several helpful and inexpensive books can be ordered.  Para  documentos en espaƱol, clic aqua.

 Trisomy 18 – What is it? …click to read “Trisomy 18 Facts.“  This syndrome is a disorder of human chromosomes which occurs in approximately 1 in 7,000 live born infants, due to the presence of an extra #18 chromosome…

 Trisomy 13 – What is it? …click to read “Trisomy 13 Facts.  This syndrome is a disorder of human chromosomes which occurs in approximately 1 in 10,000 live born infants, due to the presence of an extra #13 chromosome…

♥ Other Trisomy or Related Conditions:      Many families have children with other chromosomal disorders. Perhaps the best explanation for these many disorders is found in a Related Disorder Facts presentation by Dr. Stephen Braddock, Professor of Clinical Genetics, given at a SOFT Conference. Also, read about Dr. John Carey’s presentation at a  SOFT conference.   A useful video can be found here.

3 Tickets for $10 or
9 Tickets for $25
Enter as often as you’d like during the month of MARCH!
Winners name will be draw by SOFT’s President, Barb VanHerreweghe on March 31st
When DONATING, be sure to ADD the term *SPECIAL TREATS JAR RAFFLE* in the Special Purpose Donations BOX right above the SEND MY DONATION button. 

* A big THANK YOU to Penny, Devon’s mom who created this Special Treats Jar. (Valued at $80)
1) A special needs child being pushed by an Angel surrounded by flowers, butterflies, dragonflies under a Rainbow in the Heavenly Clouds
2) Heavenly Angels over the rainbow, grabbing the balloons rising to the heavens
3) Tree of Life where birds, butterflies and dragonflies gather
4) A families love is shared around the world

You can see more of Penny’s creative talents on her Facebook page Clay Cuties by Penny

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SOFT Stroll for HOPE - Providence

SOFT Stroll for Hope  ~ Join Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders Annual Fundraising Campaign
Held at the Annual SOFT Conference
see the Website for more Information

Donate today to help SOFT support Trisomy Families

  • Natalia's 's Photo
    Natalia's HOPE

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

March is Trisomy Awareness Month - 2013

SOFT Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders invites you to meet our children through photos provided by their families and scripted by SOFT parent Gerri Meggett of the SOFT Trisomy Awareness committee. 

Come and “enjoy the SOFT rainbow” of life and love with words to make you smile at New photos will be featured each day of March. 

Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Genetic Disorders (SOFT) 
March is Trisomy Awareness Month! 
SUBMIT your Triosmy Awareness Event and Inspired IDEAS on the SOFT website. 
Be sure to add the SOFT Page and Group to your Favorites *adjusting your notification delivery so you can see the daily activity. 
SOFT's Facebook PAGE
SOFT's Facebook GROUP

Thursday, February 28, 2013

EWTN It's EVERYWHERE ~ I did not know this! LOVE IT!!!


It's easier than ever to access EWTN and enjoy all the Global Catholic Network has to offer!
With English and Spanish programs offered through television, radio,
online and even on your mobile phone, we can truly say, "EWTN is everywhere!"

Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 - NEW *** TRIsoMY Favorite Things *** BLOG

BLOG - NEW 2013 TRIsoMY Favorite Things 
13th Monthly Gift Give Away page.

Natalia is approaching 13 years... How awesome is that? I could only dream she would have survived this long. What a journey!

2013 TRIsoMY Favorite Things.
Its a work in progress as everything is, adjusting as we go on this life journey.
TRIsoMY Favorite NEWs and VIDEOs on SOFT 

2013 SOFT USA Support Organization for Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13 and Related Disorders (  Launched their new website format. What a welcome surprise to see all the updated changes. Easy to access Trisomy Medical Professional Information and a wonderful Trisomy Family Stories page.  The SOFT website offers Trisomy Families Hope and a wealth of Information for  Trisomy Awareness News and Resources for Trisomy Special Needs Families 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Letter to Physicians: Patients Plan of Care - Faith in Action

  • Treating Mother/Child with an Incompatible with Life Diagnosis
  • Treating child with chromosomal abnormalities

    Please realize the medical intervention or treatment for my child is more than just a diagnosis of my child's health.  My child's syndrome is also an opportunity for our family to live out our Christian faith, our inner spiritual beliefs and show the moral dignity of life that God has entrusted us as part of our parenthood.  Allow me to explain …

    When we ask what we can do to help our child diagnosed with Trisomy 13, you are allowed to give your professional advice based on the outcome of the diagnostics specifically related to my child; but, do not persuade us to take actions against our inner core of beliefs.  Do not influence us to make decisions based on a “typical text book diagnosis” of Trisomy 13 or influence us to make decisions based on children with a different onset or different particular set of medical issues.  Instead, stay focused on my child's best plan of care as an individual and based on our family’s faith values.  To be helpful to parents, ask “what if” questions or give scenarios that may play out in this situation and give parents time to think through their intended response in relation to the families’ core belief system. 

    Taking a path of life for our child’s health in light of “certain death” is just as difficult for our family to bear as letting go of the life we have grown to love.  The middle is equally as tough – living a life of hope amidst the lost expectations for our family.  But this portion of grief remains within our spiritual journey, not our medical journey.  As a physician, your role is to help us in making a plan of care for our child's life, in light of “end of life” eventualities.  Our physicians input helps both our medical and spiritual journeys as it intertwines the relationship between living out our faith values at a most difficult time and providing dignity of life and follow through services. 

    Knowing our little one may have a much shorter or potentially longer life than expected also leads our family to discussing and coping with our child’s eventual death.  There is no easy way out of this painful experience of mourning the expectations gained with pregnancy and lost upon learning this diagnosis.  Termination is against our Christian faith and I do not consider any form of abortion therapeutic.  Others who have had these procedures to their physical body have had no therapeutic procedure to aid in the emotional or spiritual consequences. 

    While an attempt to allow the baby to die before its life is viable outside of the womb may end the visible outcome of the pregnancy, the pain of it all remains with the parents and family and portions of this grief journey continue to manifest both physiologically and psychological to all family members, not just mom and dad.  So then, does abortion really end the visible outcome, or merely mask the inner continuation? 

    Christians are seeking to live our faith by accepting natural life (life from conception to natural death) which is healthier for us to cope with and maintain obedience to our spiritual beliefs and moral conscience; although, none the easier to deal with.  All families who suffer the loss of a loved one are encouraged to seek support for their feelings of bereavement. 

    Doctors, as you deal with parents of a child diagnosed with a severe chromosomal abnormality, realize that the parents of these children are forced to prepare for all aspects, which may include an early death, funeral arrangements as well as a longer life, quite possibly with a severely disabled child.  Our Christian faith believes that miracles happen and when you take away our hope of being able to care for this sacred life in the manner in which God has presented it to us, you kill our faith, not our worldly dreams and certainly not our sorrows.  As parents, we are obliged to think through all circumstances and prepare for each situation as they may occur in our child's health. 

    I reiterate, taking this plan of life for our Trisomy 13 child’s health is just as difficult to bear at times as other (lawful) alternatives; but as Christians, it is the only path that is morally correct.  Ask parents “what if” questions to help them think through scenarios.  Support a plan of care that can be carried into a program to set goals if this child is a survivor and above all, listen to the parents to understand their directives for their child in light of this diagnosis. 

    We, parents, need our child’s physicians, to be supportive of our syndrome child as well as compassionate of our underlying spiritual beliefs.  As all humans who carry emotions, guilt and sorrow for loss, we DO sometimes second guess our actions, which is why it is critical that as parents we surround ourselves with those who can be supportive of our Christian faith values and help us along the medical side of this journey.  If you are a physician called to practice these beliefs, feel free to reference your office as a Trisomy Friendly or Rare Medical Diagnosis (RMD) Friendly physician’s office.  Links to your business, website or services will be added to our website upon request.

    Peace and Blessings to you for your support,