Wow. That is all I can really say after two years of having this cochlear implant. The past two years have brought so many life changing events, and so many new and wonderful experiences. I have tried to write a poem that captures everything about the great things that have happened to me, but I am, for the first time, unable to really capture what I really want to say.

From talking on the phone with my family, to hearing new voices, and new sounds, I am in still in amazement at the technology and everything that has been available to me. My self confidence is soaring, and my shyness has somehow dissappeared………….not all the way, but in most cases. I am not the same person I was before, and I am still learning new sounds, and having new experiences in this continued journey. I have gotten into my comfort zone, but every day there seems to be something new and exciting happening to me as far as sounds go. I am hearing new voices almost everyday, and I am learning new sounds. Its the greatest blessing I could ever have. Thank you, Jesus for this.

The best experience in year two was my trip to Michigan. I was able to take a walking tour on a trail, and I was able to hear so many sounds………..especially the sounds of a raging water brook, and waters rushing through a stream. The sounds of nature, and the sounds of the forest were so beautiful to me. I was just in shock as to how beautiful it sounds. Nature as nature intended. I also took a boat tour around one of the Great Lakes, and it was just beautiful. Out in the middle of the lake, with just the water sounds…… comforting and so at peace. That is why I hope to be able to go back as soon as I can. It was the best weekend I ever had.

My nieces stayed with me in my place for a week, and to hear them as they sleep, especially Abigail in her crib…… peaceful, and so wonderful. Made my heart sink when I woke up one day, and they weren’t there in my place anymore.

My brother’s wedding in Vegas was a treat in itself. Walking through the casino, through the crowds, and being able to carry a conversation with my family…..hearing only them, and no one else…..made the trip all the more enjoyable. (That me with my mom, James, and my dad in the picture above.) Flying with the implant is a treat as well. I can’t go through metal detectors, so that was something I had to endure. Not fun to have to be hand pat down, but it was worth it. I had a great time.