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Leticia V. Patient Expert

Long Island, New York
I am an adjunct college professor of English, freelance writer, wife, and the mother of three girls ages 15,11, and 6. We homeschool during the day while I write on the computer, and on warm evenings, we ride bikes together to the beach with our two labradors. We love camping, hikes in the woods,... Full Bio
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Disabled Man Teaches Us A Lesson at a Funeral by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I recently ran into Peggy a gentle woman who worked in a local school district as a paraprofessional with special needs children for decades. We shared a seat on a bus i ... Read on »
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Celebrating the happiness which my daughter Christina with Down syndrome adds to the world around her. She takes joy in the simplest things and her joy is infectio ... Read on »
Guest Post at Melanie Juneau's Blog by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau has graciously allowed me a guest post in her blog  so go on over and show this mother some love! Read on »
Why I Should Move to North Dakota by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Christina and Daddy at the beach this summer.  I don't have a paying job at this time, but I am very busy. Even though I no longer homeschool, my h ... Read on »
Does God only give special needs children to special parents? by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Christina praying for Grandma to go home safely to Heaven. Rick Smith, the effervescent dad of "Noah's Dad" fame didn't see it coming. He ignited contr ... Read on »
When Our Special Needs Children are Rejected by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Karla Begley, of Newcastle, Ontario, wept as she read portions of the hate mail to local news. She is the  mother of 13-year-old Max, who was diagnosed with severe autism ... Read on »
Would Christina Choose not to have Down syndrome if she could? by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Mary Keily has written a very thoughtful article about her daughter with Down syndrome and the new advance which shuts off the third copy of the 21st chromosome. She says ... Read on »
Who wants this pre-born baby with Down syndrome? by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The answer: nearly one thousand people from around the world. Here's the story. When I read the email, my pulse quickened. As the mother of an eleven-year-old girl ... Read on »
Is Shutting off the Third Copy of the 21st Chromosome an Insult to My Daughter? by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome After what was billed as an amazing breakthrough, a harbinger of hope, researchers at University of Massachusetts managed to 'turn off'' the third copy of the 21st chromo ... Read on »
Charlotte Saved the Party for Me by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This is a true story told from the point of view of my daughter Christina when she was eight. She is 11 now. It was a creepy place, that Haunted Mini Golf. The walls ... Read on »
Functional MRI at University of Utah gives researchers great insight into how brains with Down... by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Before we can repair the neuronal connections in the brain which are not functioning, we have to see where they are. This new use of Functional MRI has the potential to pin ... Read on »
The Tragic Death of Robert Gensiak, 32, with Down syndrome by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I started this blog to share the joy of raising a child with Down syndrome, but sometimes my heart isn't joyful.  The tragic realities of those who cannot love people with ... Read on »
Making a Gift of Yourself: The "Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious" Blog Tour by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We still buy the lie. Women are told that if they want to be successful in the world, they have to be more like men, or like a how-to-succeed-in-business stereotype. ... Read on »
The Pope and a disabled boy teach lesson about love. by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome On Easter morning I was watching the Easter Mass with Pope Francis afterwards he rode around St Peter's Square greeting the crowd. He was shown a little boy with cere ... Read on »
Do you want to participate in Clinical Research Trials for Down Syndrome? by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome You can help advance the treatment of symptoms of Down syndrome. Click here and see what is being offered near you. I found a study at University of Rhode Island only 4 ... Read on »
Why our girls missed opening day at the softball field by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I was a new mother adjusting to life with my third daughter who has Down syndrome in 2002. One of my first ventures outside the house was to my daughter's softball ga ... Read on »