If I could, I would go back to tell myself a few pieces of hearing loss advice. In the aftermath of finding out about our child’s hearing loss, we were a world wind of emotion. Here we were loving our growing family and holding our sweet newborn, and yet on the other hand, I felt lost in grief, finding myself in an abyss of fear and shame. The fear felt heavy and the shame felt debilitating. Continue reading “Hearing Loss Advice I Wish I Had Known”
I love hiking. I love everything that comes with hiking – a good workout, exploring, discovering something new, the challenge, and being in a place that nobody has ever been to before. Before we had children Matthew and I hiked a lot. One of our favorite places to hike was in the Mountains of North Carolina.
My dad has created a legacy. It is one that is filled with wisdom and truth. Lessons I have learned over time, have come naturally pouring out of me as I parent my own children. Lessons of character, identity, and devotion. Continue reading “When Your Dad Leaves a Legacy, You Let Him Know, and The World”
My family gets asked often: What is that in their ears, and what does a hearing aid do?
We love when people ask us this question. It gives us the opportunity to share with others about hearing aids, hearing loss, and how they work. Specifically, we get the chance to educate, model, and advocate. We get that people are curious – adults included. Hearing aids are incredible pieces of technology, who wouldn’t want to know more?
Continue reading “Hearing Aid Basics: What Does a Hearing Aid Do?”
Fear and Shame
Fear and shame will be topics that I will keep coming back to over and over again. Social Worker, speaker and author, Brene Brown said in her book Daring Greatly, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
So, here I am.
Continue reading “Facing Fears Through Vulnerable Sharing”
Our story with hearing loss began when our second child was born. Ayden was diagnosed with mild to moderate, permanent, hearing loss in both ears. I had no idea what our lives would look like. Additionally, I did not know a single person who wore hearing aids. Our thoughts began to spiral to shame and fear: would he be able to enjoy music, connect with his siblings, or play on at the park without getting picked on?
This was our child’s response to the first time hearing with hearing aids.
We found out Sayge, our third child, most likely had hearing loss when she was 2 days old. She did not pass the newborn hearing screening test. While doctors assured us that it was most likely fluid in her ears that was causing the failed screening, we knew that it was extremely likely. That is because Sayge’s older brother, Ayden, has hearing loss. His too was detected at birth. Both children had no other signs or reasons that might have caused the hearing loss.
Here is the story of our first pregnancy
Three years into our marriage, we found out we were pregnant. We weren’t planning or even trying, so we were surprised to say the least. But, as soon as I saw that plus symbol on that pregnancy test something inside me change. While, still so afraid, I suddenly wanted this child more than anything I could imagine. I had a fierce love for something so teeny tiny. We called our family, we picked up books to read, and we started dreaming of names. I called the doctor to get an appointment right away. I was so excited to see the baby!
In my life, anxiety is a weed that seems to grow rapid. It can feel suffocating at times. When I garden, I begin to slowly pull those weeds of anxiety out one by one. It’s a time where I am allowed to breathe, to heal, and to let go. I allow my garden to be a place where I am the one who set the rules. I become a child, an explorer, and I enjoy every single second I am surrounded those veggies.
Ad-Ven-Ture: 1. engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.
Ask me to go to a foreign country, I’ll go. Ask me to eat the wildest food you can imagine, I will. Ask me to do the craziest activity, sign me up.
Ask me to write – no way.