iSissies, meet our special needs niece Dianne.  

Always ready for a hug and the first one to crack a joke-there is a lot of laughter when Dianne is in the room.

Always ready for a hug and the first one to crack a joke-there is a lot of laughter when Dianne is in the room.

Yvonne Dianne Smith is one of the greatest blessings our family has experienced.  When Dianne dropped from Heaven into our lives in 1967, she faced some health issues immediately-a severe cleft palette required attention for her to be able to eat.  Further testing revealed chromosome damage that was similiar in nature to Down’s Syndrome.  Dianne’s path would have physical and emotional highs and lows-but, always, she surprised doctors with her stamina and grit.  Defying the odds, she will celebrate her 48th birthday this year-and don’t worry about forgetting it-she will call you several times to remind you. : )

Dianne is "all in" when it comes to the annual July 4th family gathering in Perry OK.

Dianne is “all in” when it comes to the annual July 4th family gathering in Perry OK.

Dianne was designated Sheriff at a July 4th gathering. She kept us all in line-I am her self declared favorite aunt, so I fet I was safe. Here I was soliciting her promise to not put me in the jail-a large dog kennel!

Dianne was designated Sheriff at a July 4th gathering. She kept us all in line-I am her self-declared favorite aunt, so I felt I was safe. Here I was soliciting her promise to not put me in the jail-a large dog kennel!

 

OU football never met a better fan. Here she is getting the autographs of the OU Heisman trophy winners-Jason White, Billy Sims and Steve Owens. She presented it to her Dad for his birthday. She was giddy.

OU football never met a better fan. Here she is getting the autographs of the OU Heisman trophy winners-Jason White, Billy Sims and Steve Owens. She presented it to her Dad for his birthday. She was giddy.

Reach out to those with Down’s Syndrome and other chromosome birth defects – and to their family members.  Give them an encouraging word – a hug – maybe a respite for a few hours. That’s what iSissies do for each other.