Thalassemia was a word I had not heard of until mid-way through our adoption journey. I remembered hearing mention of it on different adoption forums but, that was the extent of my knowledge.
When I saw it listed on the file of our daugther the morning of March 2, my first thought was, "I don't know what it is but I don't think it's a good thing." After letting Stefenie review our file, she quickly put me in touch with another adoptive momma in Minnesota. I wasn't able to speak with Diana immediately when she called to discuss this special need (I was on the phone with my agency trying to get some other questions answered). However, it was listening to her voicemail on my cell phone when I first began to realize we had found our daughter. Diana had nothing but encouragement and excitement for us and our little girl's file. Her word: manageable. The tears began to flow as I rushed downstairs to tell Andy it was all okay. We'd found her.
Please read this post below, "the beauty in Thalassemia" on one of my favorite adoption blogs, No Hands But Ours, by Diana about her very own Sienna Grace. This momma and her daughter (of which she has 4) are now forever a part of our daugther's story. I am so grateful to the people, most of them complete strangers, who rallied around us on March 2, 2012 to share their expertise on Thalassemia. Although we were fully prepared to accept our daughter's file if she had to have blood transfusions, all indications are that she won't ever have to have any!
keeping up with Daddy
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