Cradle My Heart Radio | Nina Fuller guests 5-14-17
Imagine finding out that there is another child in your future once you’ve already raised three sons.
For Nina Fuller and her husband, the pregnancy was a shock, but Nina was thrilled at the prospect of finally having a daughter. The second appointment revealed news which proved even more difficult to absorb: the baby likely had Down syndrome and cardiac issues which may be life-threatening. Things got even more challenging from there when Nina developed heart problems of her own.
But she never wavered, telling the doctors that she and her husband would take whatever God had in store for them, and instructing them to preserve and treat the baby first, come what may.
From those dramatic beginnings grew an advocacy for families of children with Down syndrome. And adopting a second daughter with DS.
Through it all Nina has learned to trust and lean on God.
The roots of her faith grew strong in her childhood when, at age 12 Nina became the surrogate mother to her four younger siblings due to parental abandonment and alcohol abuse.
Her faith today draws a clear line between the strength she found as a special sort of parent back then and the special needs of the children she is raising and advocating for today.
Join us for a conversation with Nina Fuller on Cradle My Heart Radio Sunday May 14, 2017
From her bio:
Nina Fuller is a speaker and author of Special Strength for Special Parents – 31 Days of Spiritual Therapy for Parents of Children with Special Needs, and founder of S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome, a vibrant non-profit to families who receive a pre-natal or post-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome for their baby. SMILE also reaches families with loved ones on the autism spectrum or other diagnoses. Nina has had the privilege of working with US Vice President Mike Pence, during his tenure as Governor of Indiana. Nina is also a Bible study leader. She has been married to Andy for 39 years. They have five children, two of whom have Down syndrome, and currently have four perfectly beautiful grandchildren.
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