Struggle is a universal human experience. No matter who you are, or what you've done you have or will experience a struggle. Some of these struggles can be as simple as getting out of bed after not sleeping well, or as complex as being trapped by the patriarchy.
My Mom, Abigail Hillman has been struggling her entire life. Although she did not know until about 7 years ago, she has bilateral progressive sensorineural hearing loss which has affected her since her childhood. Ever since I've known her my Mom has had hearing aids. At first she said it was because she listened to music with her headphones too loudly, and then, one night after some blood testing she got a call from her doctor. I remember hugging my Mom as she cried, squeezing her hand from one side as my Dad held her hand on the other. It was a big moment, one that changed the trajectory of our family culture. We knew that my Mom would one day lose her hearing completely, but that day is not today, and would not be tomorrow.
We rallied, and have been rallying for the last seven years raising money with the Walk For Hearing and walking 3 miles in Philly through rain and once snow to show solidarity for those who can hear and those who can't. Seven years ago research and options to help people with my mothers condition were few or experimental, although now in 2022 the end of the tunnel is in sight. Though a cure may be decades off, many techniques and therapies have shown promise. One doctor figured out how to regenerate the ear hairs in deaf mice to allow them to hear again! (it was very interesting and is very very cool)
Each year our family marches so my mother won't lose the ability to hear my choir perform, so when I sing in the school musical she won't need a script to know my lines. And today I ask you, anyone who knows my mom and how awesome she is to give whatever you can spare to the Walk For Hearing. No amount is too small and please share this with anyone you can! Although we all struggle, with your help, and the help of the other Walk For Hearing fundraisers I believe we can make a positive change that may not cure my Mom but also the next generations of young and old people with hearing loss!
Thank you so much!