When Sarah Palin’s son Trig was born with Down syndrome, she received an outpouring of support from those affected by the disorder, recently released emails from Palin’s time as Alaska governor show.

In the days following Trig Palin’s birth in April 2008, emails poured in from across the country from parents of those with Down syndrome who offered kind words and encouragement.

At least one came from a fellow politician. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash, who also has a young son with Down syndrome wrote, “I believe I have only seen a glimpse of the positive impact he will have on my life as well as this world.”

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“The hardest part is hearing the news and getting your arms around a new reality,” wrote McMorris Rodgers, who offered to talk with Palin. “However, you quickly develop new hopes and dreams for your son.”

Most of the messages, however, came from everyday parents as far away as Florida, Texas, Ohio and Mississippi who heard about Palin’s new connection to the disability community on the radio or through newspaper articles.

“We are blessed to have a 15-year-old son with Down (syndrome) and I can’t imagine what life would be like without him,” wrote Brenda Kopp of Carol Stream, Ill. “Enjoy a new journey of which many of us are a part.”

In another note, Kelly and Jennifer Sweeter from Oklahoma City, Okla. told Palin about their 11-year-old with Down syndrome.

“Although Trig may have special challenges, he will surely bless your life with love and laughter,” they wrote.