November 24, 2009
Written by: Jessica Behnham
MANHATTAN, Kan., Nov. 24 (AScribe Newswire) -- As she held her newborn son, despair, grief and denial wrapped themselves around Briana Nelson Goff. By society's standards he was flawed. Her worst fears, she thought, had come true.
For Nicole Springer, pregnancy was filled with worry, tests and emergencies. But the moment her daughter burst into the world she knew this unusual baby was a survivor.
Both are professors, Goff at Kansas State University, Springer at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Both have multipage vitas crammed with research publications. Both are parents of children with Down syndrome.
In a research project called "'My Kid Has More Chromosomes Than Yours!': The Journey to Resilience and Hope in Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome," Goff and Springer are collecting information about how other parents developed the enduring spirits needed to manage the challenges of raising children with Down syndrome.