Who is she?
Simple like a clock, a friend of mine once said. Simplicity has many forms and is well cloaked in complexity at times. Here are a few things you should know about the author.
- Cochlear implanted, unilateral, at the age of 15. That’s eight years of being implanted, with me currently at 23 years of age.
- A stepmother to four children who inspire me everyday.
- A housewife to a man whose brilliance and support awes and humbles me everyday. I write this now on his 40th birthday. Happy birthday, sweetheart.
- A recently born-again Christian with a great burden to share the messages of listening, hearing, and communication.
This personal entry is very much about this website and how it found its roots.
I’ve been struggling with listening and hearing, my entire life. I was born hearing, became deaf for approximately 14 years, and got implanted with a cochlear device for 8 years now.
I’ve struggled with identity. I have never identified myself as big D Deaf, nor even little d deaf. I’ve never identified as hearing, or hard of hearing, or someone with any degree of hearing loss. Those kind of identities required explanations that I couldn’t give coherently. So, I simply was. If I couldn’t hear, I either said I couldn’t hear or pretended to hear. If I heard what was said, I said, “Gotcha. (nod)”