When Harper was a few days old, we began noticing a milky-white quality to her eyes. A trip to the vision center at Akron Children’s Hospital confirmed what I was scared to hear: Harper has cataracts, so big that she can only see light.
One week after my daughter was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect, we began the many trips to doctors. The first appointment was with Harper’s pediatrician. We drove down the street to the Green ACHP office, where we met the new doctor at the practice, Dr. Jennifer Snyder.
As March 3 quickly approached, I prepared my 1st grade classroom at Walker Elementary School in Canton for my long-term substitute. My husband, Aaron, a sergeant in the Ohio National Guard, prepared his tasks for the 2 weeks he’d be out. My 2-year-old son, Landon, and 8-year-old stepdaughter, Kaitlyn, ran around with excitement as the arrival of their little sister grew closer.