Lots of questions and insecurities crossed my mind when I realized that I was now a mother to two kids with Down syndrome. However, I already knew the most important lesson: Everything is possible when you act with love and acceptance. Our own prejudices limit the future of our kids, and it is not until we commit to crossing those lines that we become experts in the lives of our own kids.

— Eliana Tardio


Eliana is a former writer for Verywell Health covering Down syndrome. When she was five months pregnant with her first child, Emir, she learned he had Down syndrome. During her second pregnancy two years later, she chose not to have any testing done, and welcomed daughter Ayelén, who was also born with Down syndrome. Her kids have inspired her to use her own abilities to the fullest, becoming a bilingual writer and author. and have fulfilled my dream of becoming a bilingual writer and author. She offers support and inspiration for parents of kids with Down syndrome.

Some of the awards Eliana has earned for her blogging include:

- Best Latino Health Blogger 2013, Latism

- 100 Top Mom Bloggers, Babble

- 7 Most Inspirational Latina Moms, Café Mom

- 20 Most Influential Latinas in Social Media, Voxxi

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