I read the following last year on Cochlear Implant Online , and loved it. Elizabeth, the writer, is a young grad student who has the insight and sensitivity of an old soul. She will be a terrific SLP or hearing resource professional very soon.
Mother's Day was very special this year. Lily's Dad and I think about how lucky we are daily. (My personal edits below are in italics)
May 8th, 2010 by Elizabeth
HERE’S TO THE MOMS
Here’s to the Moms who may not have “signed up” to parent a deaf or
hard of hearing child, but do so anyway with grace and love.
Here’s to the Moms who narrate every second of every day, not caring
what others may think.
Here’s to the Moms who put miles on their cars driving back and forth
to countless therapy sessions, doctor’s appointments, hearing aid
fittings, cochlear implant mappings, and more.
Here’s to the Moms who work hard to be their child’s best advocate
and primary language role model.
Here’s to the Moms who have had to learn a new language too fast full of Auditory Verbal/Auditory Oral
terms and audiological jargon.
Here’s to the Moms who face the “experts” and fight for their child’s
best interest in IFSP/IEP meetings and in those meetings where you are just trying to make the system better.
Here’s to the Moms who can wrestle two CIs or HAs onto a squirming
toddler… and replace it 20-40 times each day, even in the car, without loosing their
Here’s to the Moms who can cook dinner, answer the phone, and change a
CI/HA battery without breaking a sweat.
Here’s to the Moms who constantly have to explain their child’s
“equipment” and answer the question are those forever?
Here’s to the Moms who have ever felt the pain of having a child who
Here’s to the Moms who never take a single word for granted.
Here’s to the Moms who never fail to astound me with their capacity
to persevere… and to love.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!! Originally posted May 9, 2009