One daughter has just shared the most beautiful post in admiration of her father who has Down's Syndrome, and the internet is feeling emotional!
Down's Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects many people around the world...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it is impossible to prevent a baby from being born with the disorder.
But what exactly causes Down's Syndrome?
via: ShutterstockDown's Syndrome occurs when an extra copy of a chromosome is present at the time of conception... Specifically, a full or partial copy of chromosome 21.
It's currently the most common chromosomal disorder.
via: ShutterstockAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the United States, around six-thousand babies are born with Down's syndrome, equating to around 1 in every 700 babies born.
Some people with Down's syndrome may experience additional medical issues as a result of the extra chromosome.
via: ShutterstockHeart, intestinal, ear, nose, throat, or thyroid issues can come hand in hand with someone who lives with Down's syndrome.
But many people with Down's syndrome can go on to live full, independent lives...
via: ShutterstockThe condition affects people differently and at varying scales. Some people will need more regular care whereas others run their own houses and have jobs.
There are so many misconceptions about the condition...
via: Getty ImagesOne of the main ones being that someone living with Down's syndrome is incapable of living an independent life with their own family - something which is completely false.
Sadly, there is a stigma around the disorder...
via: Getty ImagesAnd there are way too many cruel people out there who make fun of those with Down's Syndrome.
But never the less...
via: Getty ImagesSo many people with Down's syndrome continue to defy the odds and they go on to live long and happy lives.
As this daughter has proven.
via: FacebookThis is Richie Anne with her beloved dad, who has Down's syndrome.
And to celebrate his birthday, she shared a post that has given the internet all the feels.
via: FacebookHer post reads: "Dear, Dad, Today marks a very special and very miraculous moment of your life. You turn 50 today and I am so blessed that you continue to live such a long and beautiful life."
"Doctors are still amazed by it!"
via: Facebook"I know you won’t be able to read this because I don’t know if you have Facebook, but I want the whole world to know how proud I am that you are my dad."
"I want the whole world to know how beautiful you are inside and out."
"Back in grade school, I would be picked on and bullied because they said you were different."
"I didn’t understand why they were making fun of me and calling me abnormal."
"Here I am, composing a birthday greeting to you because I’ve never done such a thing. You deserve so much more."
"You are the strongest."
via: Facebook"Because after all those surgeries, procedures, and nights at the hospital, you manage to say, ’Wa ko mahadlok mamatay kay ni salig ko sa Ginoo,’ which means ’I’m not afraid because I trust in the Lord.’"
"You are the bravest because you have been through so much and you never, not even once, have been afraid. I cannot imagine putting myself in your shoes."
via: Facebook"Dad, no amount of words can sum up how sorry I am for being an absent daughter."
"I’m sorry for not bringing you to the beach more often, bringing you your favorite dim sum food, or visiting you as much as I should."
via: Facebook"If there is one thing I regret, it’s hiding you from my life because I’m still the same little kid who was afraid of getting bullied. But I love you more than you could ever know, Dad, and I’m inspired by you always."