Growing up with Aunt Gina in my life was nothing short of a blessing. Sure, there were times when she would become frustrated or upset. But when I was a child, I had the rare and precious opportunity to watch everyone around me demonstrate a type of tenderness and patience with Gina that really showcased the beauty of the human spirit. Aunt Gina taught everyone in our family the meaning of compassion, self-sacrifice, loyalty and joy. So, if you've just found out that your baby will have Down syndrome, know that you and your family have been given a beautiful gift. Although you might have a different path than most parents, you will find that your journey will expand your heart in ways that you never imagined, and it will fill your life with immeasurable love and countless cherished memories.