In a moving video, veteran B.C. broadcaster Tamara Taggart compares her son to a tumour — and changes how we think about people with special needs.
She starts her 15-minute presentation by explaining how doctors diagnosed her son Beckett (now seven years old) with Down syndrome.
“When my husband and I were holding my baby boy, we were faced with negativity and all the things he wouldn’t do, and all the things that come with an extra chromosome,” says Taggart, the award-winning anchor for CTV News At Six in Vancouver. “But we realized that we’re not sorry that we have a beautiful baby boy.”
Despite the couple's acceptance, Taggart says many doctors continued to treat their son’s diagnosis as something tragic.
Then she compares that with her experience having a 10-centimetre tumour removed from her small intestine.
"I went to go see the oncologist… He was loving and positive and empathetic and most of all, he was hopeful," she says in the TEDx video. "He told me all the great things about having this tumor taken out of me…. He told me all of the great things it would bring me in my life and how my perspective would change."
It was then that Taggart realized that something needed to change.
"We were told all these horrible things (about Beckett), and yet my big ugly nasty tumor that nearly killed me was wrapped up in a lovely bow and everybody talked to me in such a positive manner," she says.
"My son is not cancer, my son is not a tumor – not even close. He is the light of our lives."
Watch Taggart's full presentation in the video above.
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