Sarah Palin: Why Trig Is a Blessing

Palin reflects on life with a special-needs child
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2012 11:01 AM CST
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, holds her son Trig Palin as she talks to supporters at a Tea Party Express rally at the Arizona Capitol Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – When Sarah Palin learned her baby, Trig, would be born with Down syndrome, she was so scared she "dared not discuss my pregnancy for many months," she writes in the Daily Beast. "All I could seem to muster was a calling out to God to prepare my heart for what was ahead." But her son soon taught her "what true joy could be," and now that he's almost four, Palin often finds herself wondering what her family would do without him. "He’s our 'everything that really matters,'" writes Palin in the essay, which was also published in Newsweek.

Yes, "everyday activities" can be hard, but Trig wakes up each morning "with thunderous applause and laughter," Palin writes, adding that the once-fearful family now sports a bumper sticker reading, "My kid has more chromosomes than your kid!" The Huffington Post notes that Palin's Daily Beast piece comes just a few weeks after Palin took Newsweek to task for its Andrew Sullivan cover story. Palin and Sullivan, a Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist, have a longstanding feud based on Sullivan's questioning of whether Palin really gave birth to Trig. Click for more. (Read more Trig Palin stories.)

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