My Story, Aryiana Mackayla Norris


Aryiana Mackayla Norris                                            July 21, 2010


Aryiana Mackayla Norris was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 when I was 18 weeks pregnant. When I first found out about her having Trisomy 18, I was lost for words. "How in the world can my baby have this disorder I know nothing about, or ever heard of," were my thoughts at that time.

During this process I have mourned the loss of a child, my worst nightmare, but I have also gained a lot from it. I had Aryiana still born on July 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm. She weighed 15 oz.; she almost made a pound. I made the choice to go ahead with the pregnancy, even though I knew she didn't have any kidney's, and even if she did make it full term, she would not live long due to the fact that humans can not live without kidneys. Was this a tough decision for me? No not at all. At that time I had know idea why God had done this to me or to my child. But, one thing I did know is that "everything happens for a reason." Going through the pregnancy was very bitter sweet for me. From the worrying if she was still living, to wanting to scan her all the time. (ultrasound is my profession)

To feeling her first kicks; Aryiana and God's way of letting me know me she was ok, to going to the Dr. and listening for her heartbeat, to the day I felt her stop kicking and wondering was she ok. I will never forget my Angels kicks, or the journey I went through. With all the pain, all the depression, the good days and the bad days, all of the many visits out to the cemetery to see and talk to her, to all the tears, to all the many lessons learned from her and to grow to understand her purpose, I am truly grateful for her.

This Non- Profit organization is apart of what I have gained. At the time of going through loosing her I knew I wanted to give back in some type of way. With writing my book, In the Arms of an Angel- The Aryiana Mackayla Story, to going through the process of starting In the Arms of an Angel- Trisomy 18 Association, I have healed in so many ways. I now know my purpose of my Angel coming into my life.


This process has shown me that sometimes you have to go through things to be able to learn that everyone and everything is not perfect, that God has so much in store for you, even when times seem so rough. This journey has given me the strength and ability to be able to reach out to others families and help with them with dealing with a loss of a child.  It has also given me a chance to be able to spread the word about Trisomy 18, and hopefully one day there will be enough research done to find a way to prevent Trisomy 18 from occuring.


Aryiana is truly an Angel and a blessing to me. I love you always and for every my little angel. <3


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