I have been thinking about this lately and so I have decided to write a post about it. Most people believe that when a child has Down Syndrome that they are all alike. They are not because they are individuals that have their own character and problems. There are different degrees of Down's. In Shannon's case she has a mild type. Although they do have facial characteristics that are alike like the shape of the eyes their faces are individual. Some Down's children have heart conditions and have had to have surgery. Shannon had two holes in her heart when she was born but we were blessed that they closed up on their own without surgery. I know that some people assume that they are all heavyset. Shannon is not and so far she does not have to wear glasses. She does have hypothyroidism and she has to have her blood work checked periodically, ( which she does not like ). The one thing that they all have in common is their capacity for love. Everyone that Shannon comes into contact with says hello to her ( the ones that don't know her ). Or they will say hey Shannon ( the ones that do know her ). That girl knows more people than I do. When she comes to me and tell me "I ove you "and gives me a kiss she just makes me feel so great inside. She has just recently learned how to say her own name. She can be stubborn also but she gets it honestly.