5! My little girl is FIVE YEARS OLD! I still remember like it was yesterday getting the news of her diagnosis and the emotions that came flooding in. Will she ever be "normal?" Will she speak? Will she be able to sign? Will she have to go to a special school? Will she have to have surgery? And the scariest...how does a mother carry the weight of all of this and yet keep a smile on her face?
I'm here now on the other side of five years to say that we did it. We made it through and my daughter is the most amazing little girl. She has overcome all odds and with God's grace and the teams who continue to surround and support us she is not only speaking as a child her age should, she speaks with humor, with sass and with happiness.
This past year alone she far exceeded all the goals set by her Teacher of the Deaf, who spent hours upon hours in our home working with Nadia and now she is ready to take on Kindergarten like a champ! Her journey isn’t over yet and every day brings new unchartered territory our way, but we have a community surrounding us and for that I am truly grateful.
Consider joining Nadia’s Cruzers as we walk in honor of her. If you’re unable to walk with us then consider a small donation to support the HLAA who year after year is helping kids and families like ours. They are making a difference in our lives and the lives of kids just like Nadia.
The Walk4Hearing is the only nationwide event bringing attention to hearing loss and promoting the importance of hearing health. Funds raised support HLAA’s national awareness and education programs, HLAA Chapters and State Associations, and alliance organizations who help extend HLAA’s mission into local communities.
The Walk4Hearing is about sharing an experience, learning from each other, making memories, and taking the first step toward better hearing health. Participating in the Walk means joining thousands of people across the country and right in our neighborhoods who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.
Did you know that one in seven Americans are living with some degree of hearing loss? Hearing is an important part of overall health and the Walk4Hearing calls on all of us to take action. By being active, engaged, and making hearing health a priority, people with hearing loss can live well. Let’s Hear Now and Be Well Together.
It all starts right here in my own community with generous people like you, who are willing to step up and support me.
Can I count on you?