My journey to be the captain of my life

It all started with an amazing decision. We should get pregnant! Saying we are having a baby is not an easy quick decision you take alone, like preparing a cake, watching a movie or cleaning up your garden, at least not for us. We made this decision together, united.
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down syndrome

My son with down syndrome came into my life to save me

My name is Luis Chiva de Agustín, I am a gynecologist, with a family of 7 children, and this is our story. In February 2010, my wife, María, received an email mentioning that a foreign child had been left in the hospital at birth for having Down Syndrome, and they[...]
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lost my son

I lost my son but I never lost faith

In 2016 I experienced the greatest pain I had ever experienced with the loss of my baby, Ethan. A long-awaited baby because my husband and I had been married for 5 years and we had not been able to get pregnant. I still remember that my husband suffered when he[...]
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Two miscarriages led me to start taking care of myself

I was 36 years old. For about eight years I had been working in a classical theater company where, in addition to being an actress, I was in charge of management tasks. I had also been giving private English lessons for more than fifteen years, going to the homes of[...]
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dilated cardiomyopathy

My daughter had dilated cardiomyopathy

Everything started when I put our 3 month-old twins down for a nap. After a few minutes, I saw Eliana’s chest heaving. I rushed over and found her largely unresponsive. When we got to the emergency room, we learned her heart was only vibrating. The doctors didn't know if she'd[...]
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autistic daughter

My autistic daughter has changed the way I see the world

When you find out that you have an autistic daughter, you feel lost. Of course it is a shock and you have no idea how you are going to deal with the situation, you spend sleepless nights worried about the well-being of your princess, and you are afraid that people[...]
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postpartum depression

Overcoming Postpartum Depression

I had always wanted to be a mother. I gravitated towards kids - every kid. It was something I always thought would be so easy to achieve. I couldn't have been more wrong.  35 and finally pregnant. From minute one, I felt awful. All the symptoms one could get, I[...]
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Life Lessons from my daughter

Thanks to my daughter I gave up control

It was bedtime, and we were going through the whole bedtime routine. My 6 year old daughter was waiting patiently for me, sitting in her bed, and I was in the bathroom trying to pull myself together. I was feeling completely burnt out, stressed out about countless things, and I[...]
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