The inspiring life of my
down syndrome brother, Michael.

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Is the seemingly impossible..… possible?

Down syndrome children born before 1972 were often referred to as Mongoloid babies. Most of these children were institutionalized because of their internal and or external deformities. This was certainly the situation when Michael was born in 1954. The recommendation of the attending physician was to leave him in the hospital because his life expectancy was very short—2 days, 2 weeks but no longer than 2 months. He said that this solution would spare the family the hardship of Michael’s inevitable death.

Our parents struggled with the doctor’s prognosis until the decisive day when our father marched into the hospital to inform them of his solution…

This marked the beginning of our family’s involvement in the caring of Michael, a reality that would change our lives forever. Michael had mental and physical limitations that required our attention for years. But, as Michael grew he made enormous progress in his motor skills and developed an engaging personality that brought us endless joy.

By his mid-twenties, Michael was actively developing his own goals, ideas, and dreams. Many of which seemed inconceivable for our family, who cared for him since birth. But, Michael never relented in his quest to follow the longings of his heart; his dreams and goals were clearly realistic in his eyes.

This biography details this courageous journey, the man who never gave up on his dreams and the lives he touched along the way.

About The Author

Bill Shields is Michael’s brother, friend and scribe on their journey of fifty-six and a half years. He is the guide mapping out the treasures locked within the amazing life of Michael Christopher Shields.

It is possible… Michael’s life proved it!

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