We all associate February with love and chocolate and everything sweet in between, but in case you weren’t aware, it was also Down Syndrome Consciousness Month.
Just before it came to a close, Brina Maxino shared her story to the pvblic, garnering over 78,000 likes and 20,000 shares in less than a day.
Brina has Down syndrome, a condition where these individuals have 47 chromosomes in each cell instead of 46. She tells us that when she was nine-years-old, a doctor told her parents she wouldn’t be able to live very long because of her “very bad condition.”
The 21-year-old tells us she’ll be turning 22-years-old on August 31, 2018.
When she was 11-years-old, a psychologist told Brina’s parents she may not even be able to finish grade school. Now she works as an assistant teacher at Pean Integrated School of Paranaque.
Brina adds how she graduated with a degree in AB History from CAP College Foundation, Inc. “I also graduated from a 2-year course in Associate in Arts and a 1-year course in General Clerical Skills.”
As a Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador, she travels abroad to deliver inspirational speeches.
Brina tells parents, “Please believe in your children with Down syndrome, just like what my parents did.”
“To all PWDs like me — believe in yourselves and pray to God always. You can do it. Just study and work hard.”
Hi! I am Brina Maxino and I have Down Syndrome! When I was just 9 days old, a doctor told my parents that because of my…
She asks everyone to be kind, to respect and accept persons with Down syndrome.
“Please do not call us names like mongoloid, idiot, moron, stupid or retarded,” she wrote. “It hurts us.”
She ends, “Our disability does not mean inability. We can be useful members of society. Cheers to all persons with Down Syndrome!”
Kudos to Brina for being an inspiration to others. ❤
All photos from Brina Maxino.