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And now, here is Moa’s Body Story:
The opinions expressed in #MyBodyStory are the writer’s own.My name is Moa! I have Down Syndrome, live in Sweden, and I will be 19 years old soon. I have one chromosome more than you.
I live with my mom and sister, Maja. My mom is so happy that I came into her life. When I was a little girl, she taught me how to speak sign language so I could communicate. She thinks I am perfect just the way I am!
I currently attend a special school, which I love. I like to play theater, sing, and I own a lot of movies that I watch in a special order. I also have a little plastic doll who I talk to sometimes, she is with me always.
I also like to travel! Last year we went to the USA and took a road trip from Colorado to Los Angeles. It was a lot of fun! I was also a model in a show last year called “Icons.” It was so much fun, and I’m so proud of myself. The show featured 21 people with Down Syndrome. I really liked being a model. In September I went to a theater camp in Portugal. It’s a lot of fun there when I am with my friends.
I am just an ordinary girl like anyone else. What makes me different? Maybe I have a bad temper? Maybe you have light hair?
I don’t know how it feels to not have Down Syndrome. I was born in this body and I like me just the way I am.
My life is different in some ways. One is that I go to special school. One is that I don’t understand all that you do or that I takes me more time.
If you meet anyone with a disability you should act as if we are someone without it. Talk to me as if I’m your friend! If you re not being honest I will notice and feel it, and I will probably not like you. But if you just be yourself we will get along just fine!
I am perfect just the way I am :)
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