Throughout my dad's dementia battle, I had great support from friends and family, but didn't have the chance to find that "community" of families who had been there, done that. I still wanted to tell my story and share what I learned to help families avoid the same pitfalls and hell I did. I feel I never got to end my dad's fight before starting a new one, Aiden's deafness; they are so different, yet similar. My dad stopped listening and speaking ... the demon won, and we knew in the end, that it would; we didn't have that choice. With Aiden - HE WILL LISTEN AND SPEAK and the only way we won't win is if we choose not to! We already see "grandpa Bob" in Aiden, he's a stubborn little thing and he makes sure he's always heard, just like his grandpa!!!!
On another note .... a precious little boy (and cochlear implant recipient), Christian, gets activated (once the implant surgery is done, it takes a few months before they actually "turn on" the new ears) in a few days! How exciting! I can't imagine being at this point! I picture it as feeling like the night before your wedding day, the moment before getting induced to have your baby, or for military wives - the night before your husband gets home from an unsponsored tour ... it's the day your baby will hear! What is more exciting than that!!!! We still have a while to go before that big day, but in the meantime, we are here to celebrate other "hearing birthdays" with this great community of friends along with providing HOPE, BELIEF, and FAITH to all the families who enter our world too!