Update 6.1.09

Well, we know what it isn’t. The genetic counselor just called and the initial chromosomal report was negative for Trisomy 13, 18 and 21.

A quick genetics lesson…humans are supposed to have 23 pairs of chromosomes, thus making for 46 total. When you have three, where a pair should be, it’s called trisomy. And, when that trio is in place of a pair, particularly on the 13th pair, the 18th pair or the 21st pair, you have a child with Trisomy 13, 18 or 21 (more commonly known as Down’s Syndrome on the 21st chromosome).

So, it’s mostly likely not door #1. We get the full chromosomal report next Monday, where they test for things like spina bifida and a whole host of others. Initially, though, our genetic counselor is optimistic. And, so are we. We get the viral results later this week.

I don’t know if relieved is the right word. Actually, I don’t think it is. It’s more thankfulness that we know one answer to the piece of the puzzle.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this sobering statistic. Of all the mom’s who find out their child has Down’s Syndrome, 91% – let me write that again91% choose to terminate the pregnancy. So, if those reports had come back and we had tested positive for Down’s Syndrome, we would be in a small 9% company. Shocking. Because this I know. The mom’s of Lucy, Patrick, Wade and Mitch are the bravest, most courageous, most optimistic, most faithful 9% of moms I know.

While you continue to offer up prayers on our behalf, I ask that you pray for those 91%. Who knows, you just might save a life today.


  1. Maureen on June 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    continuing to pray every day.

    Maureen and Larry

  2. Kelley on June 1, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I am relieved that they have narrowed it down a bit, and am anxious to find out the rest of the results. We will keep praying! I also pray for those babies that we will never get a chance to be because of an extra chromosome. Sad. Thank you for the compliment, but really my “normal” kids test me more than Lucy!! 🙂
    Sending out positive vibes and love to the Whitakers!

  3. Shannon on June 1, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Yea! Come on Baby Whitaker! Should we go to Sonic again before you find out the next round of information?

  4. Amber and Martin on June 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    We’ll keep the prayers coming! Stay strong, my friend 🙂

  5. Laurie M on June 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the update, K. Still praying in H’town.

  6. Jenni on June 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    You continue to be in our prayers. I know God has a beautiful plan for your lives.

  7. Vince T on June 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    What a blessing our faith is and how lucky are we for what it provides-
    Prayers assured from the Terracina’s.

  8. The Ball's Blog on June 3, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Kevin and I just read your post and Kevin applauded
    you…literally, and said, "that is a good woman of great faith." So, we are praying for you and Scott that good news keeps on coming your way.

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