AwareNow: Issue 19: The Source Edition

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“My favorite thing to do with Sarah is spend time with her. I love how she takes care of me & loves me so much.”

Sarah: (continued) more hate, I have learned (from Emily) that the best way to react is with love and education. Emily has made me a kinder and better person. She has taught me one of the most valuable lessons in life, which is forgiveness. People truly have no idea how brilliant she is. However, we hope that we are educating more and more people everyday with our videos, to show people all of Emily’s abilities and how you should NEVER judge someone by how they look. We want to keep educating people and spreading awareness about down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. This is OUR purpose.

Allié: Emily, you and Sarah spend a lot of time together. What is your favorite thing to do together?

Emily: My favorite thing to do with Sarah is spend time with her. I love how she takes care of me & loves me so much.

Allié: So, 2.1 million followers. Nice! That’s a lot, Sarah. What is it about TikTok that makes it a perfect stage for you to share your world? What is it that you want your audience to take away from the videos you share?

Sarah: I think TikTok is an amazing place to share our story because it is SUPER easy to use and the whole WORLD has access to TikTok. We want our story to reach further than just the USA. We want this to be a global movement of education and support for people with developmental disabilities. It is also AMAZING meeting people from all over the world. Everyone who follows us is family. We are one HUGE family. We have made so many friendships through this app. It has been such a HUGE blessing. The biggest thing we want from people when they watch our videos is to SMILE and learn something new about down syndrome. There is SO much negative content out there today and all we want is to post funny, silly and light hearted content. :)

Allié: As you seek to not only rock out TikTok, but YouTube as well, ‘Cooking with Sarah & Emily’ was the first YouTube video I checked out on and fell in love with. Sarah, will this be a series people can tune into? But before you answer that, Emily, what’s your favorite thing to cook with Sarah?

Emily: My favorite thing to cook with Sarah is spaghetti and meatballs!!!

Sarah: Thank you so much for watching! We would LOVE to make it a series. That would be SO FUN! Emily is quite the chef actually.

Allié: When it comes to what we see and hear online, this isn’t a duo. This is a trio. Sarah, your girlfriend, Cindy, plays a part. Tell us about one of your favorite moments with the three of you.

Sarah: Oh my goodness! There are so many moments. Cindy is such a beautiful and genuine human with such a kind soul. Her relationship with Emily is so special. They are the BEST of friends. I think one of my favorite moments was when all three of us were sitting on the couch looking at old pictures of us then Emily says, “I love these memories. I love you two being girlfriends together. But when you get married, can you build me a house?” Cindy and I laughed SO HARD!!!

Allié: Sarah, for those caring for siblings with disabilities, it’s not always easy. Those times when it’s not, what advice would you like to give?

Sarah: My biggest piece of advice is to take a deep breath, maybe take some space alone for a second and then revisit the situation that is causing stress. It's not helpful for myself or Emily when I'm angry and in a bad mood. In fact, it only escalates the situation. So BREATHE! Take a step back and re visit when you're ready. I promise the situation will diffuse and be handled much quicker on both ends. ∎ Catch an episode of ‘Cooking With Sarah & Emily’: https://youtu.be/oSsKgPUGQ1w (Be sure to subscribe to catch more episodes.)

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