Thanks to a viral video interview, Sader Issa has found a way to share with the world how his father’s love transcended all other obstacles and made him the successful doctor that he is today. Despite being diagnosed with down Syndrome, this father never failed to fulfill his role and support his son.
Sader told the Syrian Society for Social Development all about being raised by his dad who has Down Syndrome, this is their inspirational story.
Sader’s Childhood Was Just Like Any Other’s
Sader was born, to a family that welcomed him, and wanted to spoil and love him. When he thinks back on his childhood, he reminisces on nothing but good and happy memories. He never once mentions being embarrassed by his father or thinking that his family was different. Instead, he remembered feeling very loved. In fact, his father would actually make the time to bond with him, spending timewrestling, thumb wrestling, among other games.
Luckily for the family, the community accepted them and even looked up to the love and peaceful bonds they all shared. To each other, and to the outside world, they were just another happy family, finding their strength in their love for one another.
Shame Was Replaced By Pride
The beautiful thing about children, is that they are not born separating people into categories. They just long to love and be loved. Thinking someone is different or being ashamed for having a parent with a disability is only taught through society’s conditioning. Sader isn’t ashamed of his father. He never was. Instead, he’s proud because it’s thanks to him that he is the man that he is today. Not only is he successful and healthy, but he also feels proud of the values he developed thanks to his family’s upbringing.
Others are even envious of his ability to form meaningful and loving relationships, just like the one he shares with both of his parents. His father’s condition was always a blessing, teaching him at a young age how to love strongly, and not cave into the negative thinking of others. He became independent, generous, and kind thanks to his experience of living so closely with someone who had Down Syndrome but defied the odds.
The Father And Son Duo Took Life On Together
Sader didn’t feel like his father was held back by his condition. In fact, the duo even used to work together at the wheat mill near their home to save for college. Sader’s father was always committed to working hard and providing a secure and stable life for his son. He wanted him to study and follow his passion of becoming a doctor. His father never even expected anything in return.
“I’m proud of my father. Throughout my life he has been the greatest support for me when I needed it,”“I think I would’ve been much less excited about life and much less passionate with what I do if I didn’t have my special father,” explains Sader proudly.
Sader’s Father Became A Role model
There was something special about the way Sader’s father always worked hard, exceeding expectations but never asking for anything in return. Seeing his son’s happiness and success was enough for him. Now, seeing his son become a successful dentist is the best gift he could imagine.
“It’s possible to see when his eyes are filled with joy and satisfaction as if to express: yes, I have Down syndrome, but I raised this man and did everything in my power to make him become a doctor and help others.” says Sader.
The beautiful part is that Sader might have not become as successful if he didn’t truly look up to his dad. He always saw him as a role model and a figure of perseverance, positivity, and determination. The way his father led his life, overcoming obstacles on a daily basis was not only inspiring to others but to Sader as well.
The Power Of Love Is Unconditional
Sader’s family hopes to raise awareness about the children of parents/ with Down Syndrome who love their children unconditionally. Researchers who studied parents who have children with Down Syndrome found that 99% of them reported loving their children, feeling proud and having a positive outlook on life because of their children. Just like any other parent, their priority is to make their child feel loved and live a happy life.
Sader hopes everyone can see that his father was just as capable as any other parent. “Let us give them a chance and see what great capabilities they have.”
His Parent’s Bond Is Never Fading
The loving relationship between Sader and his father is quite inspiring but so is the one between his father and mother who has been together for decades. Yet, according to Sader, their love is just as strong as the day they got married. They have an understanding of each other’s needs and are able to meet in the middle.
They often go on walks together or just sit and talk for hours on end. They set an optimal example and standard for healthy relationships for their son.
All Stereotypes Can Be Broken
Today Sader is a high-paid dentist in Syria and he continues to live a life full of love and happiness which is in itself priceless. His father continues to show him off proudly telling people and m “my son is a doctor” with a twinkle in his eyes. The family is continuing to prove to the world every day that love is more powerful than anything and that can be enough to break stereotypes and defy all odds.
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