When I first started to work on this story, I thought maybe I shouldn't do it. I thought you might see that I have Down syndrome and that you wouldn't like me. Even though I have Down syndrome, my life is a lot like yours. I read books and watch TV. I listen to music with my friends. I'm on the swim team and in chorus at school. I think about the future, like who I'll marry. And I get along with my sisters - except when they take my CDs without asking! I can't change that I have Down syndrome, but one thing I would change is how people think of me. I'd tell them: Judge me as a whole person, not just the person you see. Treat me with respect and accept me for who I am. Most important, just be my friend.