Hello, I’m Rachel; one of the Social Myna chicks, and mum to two incredible girls aged four and two. Nothing remarkable there; in fact, I bet you’re thinking “here we go with another *yawn* working mum blog”. But I’m not going to talk about work, I’m going to talk about socks; specifically odd ones!
My youngest daughter, Isla, was born with Mosaic Down Syndrome (MDS), which you’ve probably never heard of. There are three types of Down Syndrome: Trisomy 21, Translocation, and Mosaicism; Isla has the latter.
So what exactly is Mosaic Down Syndrome? The International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association (IMDSA) explains it thus: “People with mDs have a percentage of cells with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome and the remaining cells are unaffected”. In a nutshell, some cells have the regular 46 chromosomes and some have an extra one, making 47. MDS accounts for between 2-4% of Down Syndrome cases.
Around 750 babies are born with Down Syndrome every year in the UK, and of these only 15-30 will have MDS; Isla is kind of unique really then, when you think about it J .Getting back to the original topic, what do odd socks on 21st March have to do with Down Syndrome? The 21 relates to Trisomy 21, which is the chromosome that replicates and the 3rd month (March) relates to the number of copies of it.
But why wear odd socks? Well, socks look a bit like chromosomes in shape when they’re side-on, and odd socks are as perfectly good as a matching pair; they’re just a bit “different”. We wore our odd socks with pride yesterday to show inclusion for Isla and others with Down Syndrome; we believe difference is worth celebrating. Isla is an amazing little girl who loves doing many things that children her age do; mark making, dancing, watching Mr Tumble, looking at books, running around parks etc.
She is hard work, but is so, so worth it; her smile is the best thing, and I get the giggles when I hear her giggle (so does everyone else who hears it!). I bet you’d struggle to find a parent that says their two year old isn’t hard work, regardless of a little extra DNA or not. So join in, don your odd socks, and #celebratenotdiscriminate.
You can follow updates on Isla on her Facebook Page.