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Making a Case for Life: A New Definition of Perfection Paperback – January 18, 2010


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  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: One Horse Press; 1st edition (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972565078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972565073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,614,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephanie Wincik, RN, CDDN, is the Associate Director of Nursing/Health Services at Erie Homes for Children and Adults, a residential facility in Erie, Pennsylvania serving medically fragile individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the lifespan, and providing support to a wide range of clients from infants to geriatrics. Certified in Developmental Disabilities by the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association in 2000, Stephanie graduated from Penn State University in 1977 and has worked in I/DD nursing for 27 years, specializing in health support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in community homes.

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Stephanie Wincik is a lifelong resident of Erie County, Pennsylvania. A student of Civil War history, Stephanie is president of the West County Historical Association in Girard, Pennsylvania and the author of six books: Ghosts of Erie County, More Ghosts of Erie County, Heroes in Disguise, Reaching Through the Veil: Ghost Hunting in Erie County, and a time-travel series for children, Northern Lights and The Journey: A Northern Lights Adventure. Stephanie has published articles about Girard history in Pennsylvania Magazine, and speaks frequently about local history, legends, and ghost stories in Erie County, often appearing as a guest on area television and radio programs.

Stephanie graduated from Penn State University in 1977 with a degree in Nursing, and has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over twenty- five years. Certified in Developmental Disabilities by the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association in 2000, Stephanie's current position is Associate Director of Nursing/Health Services at Erie Homes for Children and Adults in Erie, Pennsylvania. She has published a book about Down syndrome, Making a Case for Life: A New Definition of Perfection, and recently a second edition titled Brilliant Souls.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula Townsend on August 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Exactly what I needed to read after being told my unborn baby might have down syndrome. There is so much fear for those who know nothing about down syndrome. I feel much better educated and relaxed about the future after reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katrina on August 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Making a Case for Life by Stephanie Wincik is an eye opening book about Down Syndrome. Stephanie starts you out on a brief history of Down Syndrome then takes you into Myths associated with Down Syndrome. Myths that include Medical, Stress, and Burden on Society. Really these areas are eye opening in the book. We are often scared of the unfamiliar and rumors we hear from the medical community. With the tests being done now on pregnant women's blood during pregnancy to see if there are markers associated with a baby with Down Syndrome a lot of woman are now given the choice to decide if they want to carry a baby with Down Syndrome. But when given this choice they are also fed a lot of warnings and stories that may not be accurate depending on how familiar the doctor is with Down Syndrome. Stephanie specializes in health support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in community homes and her book really sheds light on some of the inaccuracies in information that is fed to mothers carrying babies with Down Syndrome. If more mothers were guided with correct information the number of babies with Down Syndrome being aborted would drop dramatically. This is definitely an eye opening book that anyone and everyone should read. Maybe with a little understanding of this Syndrome, peoples fear of the unknown would be calmed and acceptance and understanding would shine. Please check out her book and read for yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bridget3420 on June 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I believe that the hardest job of all is being a parent and I don't think tharing blood is what makes someone a parent. It's loving a child unconditionally through better or worse, through good times and bad. A lot of times people seem to think that outward beauty or an excelled intelligence is the best give they can give their child. While it's natural to want your child to live a full life, sometimes parents get a little carried away and don't realize that just having a child is a blessing, even if their raising a child with Down syndrome.

This book explores the possibility of a new found happiness that can be obtained without the negativity of our society. It gives you a head start so that you can start thinking about how much more important a good personality is, or the way a child can be free in ways that are forgotten as a person ages.

This is the perfect book for someone who is pregnant or who has just had a baby. It will open your eyes even if you don't realize that your eyes had been closed.
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