Tuesday, January 14, 2014

From a New Seahawks Fan

I saw this Duracell commercial yesterday and I've watched it probably 30 times now and have cried like a baby every time.  It's about Derrick Coleman who plays for the Seattle Seahawks and he's hearing impaired.  This is SO inspiring.  I want Harper to know that she can do anything.  Just like this.

{Also - if you know me you know that I rarely cry at movies.  But show me a sports movie and I will sob like a maniac.  I have no idea how that works.  Sad movies where people die: nothing. "Hoosiers", "Remember the Titans", "We are Marshall", "The Blind side" : waterworks.}

I know you probably all hope this for your children, whether they have something you are afraid will hold them back or not.

I'm just a few weeks away from registering Harper for kindergarten and just a few months away from sending her.  I can't help but admit that I'm terrified for her.  And excited all at the same time.  I know she will do great. I know she will love it.  I know kids will love her.  But I also know kids will be mean to her.  And that would be the case for any child, right?

I love the chance to encourage others who have children with newly diagnosed hearing loss.  I get emails often and I hope that I can help and offer assurance along the journey.  We are learning our way but it makes it feel like we have a purpose when we can help other kids along the way.  I'm excited to speak to a group of students at UofA who are pursuing careers in Speech Path and Audiology next month about being a parent of a child with hearing loss.

Thanks Derrick Coleman for reminding me that we can all do anything we put our minds and will power to.  Don't let anything hold you back.

{If you EVER have any questions on hearing loss or speech therapy - especially about young children or testing, etc........PLEASE ask me.  I don't have all the answers and I'm NOT an expert - just a mom but I would love to be a sounding board for you!}

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