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Honorable Mention: As a Result

October 13, 2018

In Iceland, close to 100 percent

of the babies who test positive

for Down’s syndrome in the womb are



Reading those words,

my heart stands still for a moment;

thankfully, for me, it is only a moment.

Others are not that


It chills me to know how close I was to death

before I was even born.

If I had been conceived

in a different mother’s womb,

maybe she would not have been so


when the test results came back

and the doctors said


Maybe she would not have laughed

at the suggestion to


the pregnancy.

Maybe she would not have given me

 the chance to simply


Which means that she would not have found out

that tests can be wrong sometimes -

but even if they hadn’t been, my life would still be




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