When I found out about Jordan's bilateral profound hearing loss, I had no Yahoo support groups to help me through each new experience. Friends and family can only help you to a certain point, and sometimes unintentionally hinder you thinking they have your child's best interest at heart. People react in many different ways to the news that their child has a hearing loss, I chose to build a wall of determination to start helping my child to learn to speak so that he could understand and be understood. I found that by becoming pro-active, talking non-stop to Jordan all day every day, listening to specialists and getting to know my baby, the grieving process turned into a growing process. Part of the grieving is that we feel impotent in what has happened to our child, and oftentimes responsible. The best cure for impotence is knowledge to empower ourselves to help our child learn to use his/her hearing aids or cochlear implant to the maximum level of potential. Every one of the posts on the yahoo cochlear implant support groups provides the lurker, or person with a question with a piece of knowledge to help troubleshoot, identify and meet his/her child's needs. THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO SUCH SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE IN TUSCANY OR ITALY FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN OR ADULTS WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS. FOR INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH SPEAKING SUPPORT GROUPS, SEE LINKS...OR GO TO WWW.YAHOOGROUPS.COM AND INSERT KEY WORDS TO FIND THE SUPPORT GROUP THAT BEST FITS YOUR NEEDS.