To love and be loved. This longing is woven into the fabric of every human experience. And this longing isn’t extinguished simply because a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.
The diagnosis did not stop a British couple, both of whom have Down Syndrome, from proclaiming wedding vows, the Daily Mail reports.
A unicorn throne and singing waiters made the ceremony even more festive for Polly and Joe. The couple met eight years ago as university students. In May, 200 guests celebrated their wedding day with them, according to the report.
“Our favorite parts of the day were saying I do, exchanging rings and dancing to Labyrinth,” Polly said.
Polly said she wanted the wedding to be like a “festival,” and believes that festive atmosphere was achieved. There was no shortage of dancing, blue and pink balloons, and flowers in pastel colors.
Down Syndrome occurs in one out of every 792 live births, the National Association for Down Syndrome reports. It is the most commonly diagnosed chromosomal abnormality. While children with Down Syndrome may express higher frequencies of infection and other medical maladies, medical intervention allows these individuals to average and exceed a 60-year life expectancy.
“The greatest thing is to love and be loved in return,” Polly said. “It would be wonderful if our story could touch the lives of others struggling to cope with any kind of disability or inequality.”
Despite the dismal future often painted by the medical profession, many children with Down Syndrome do go on to have successful adulthoods. There is a spectrum with some having more advanced abilities than others. Some adults with Down syndrome are capable of holding down jobs and raising families, but, no matter what their abilities, every single person contributes meaningfully to society.
“My advice to other couples, especially to young adults with special needs, is to live the dream, believe in yourselves and that anything can be possible,” Polly said.