Looking back at my life, I feel amazed and blessed and I would have never gotten this far
without the help, love, and support of family and friends. It’s been an interesting journey being a deaf girl in a hearing world. There’s been many challenges that i’ve had to over come.
I was born in NY city. At 9 months, my mom was babysitting a little girl my age and she noticed
that girl could hear things I didn’t. At 1, I was diagnosed with a mild to moderate hearing loss. Because my parents loved me, they moved to OR so that I could go to one of the best
oral school, Tucker-Maxon.
It was at Tucker-Maxon that my parents found out that I had profound hearing loss. That changed the game. Because I went from having a mild hearing loss to a profound hearing loss. My parent weren’t sure if I would ever be able to talk or function well in a hearing world. Hearing Aids weren’t helping.
We looked at the cochlear implant and at that time, they were not implanting kids with as much hearing as I had even through the hearing aids weren’t helping. The risk for me was if the implant didn’t work, it would have taken the hearing I had. Nervously, we got the implant. the implants worked for me and I started hearing things I hadn’t before.
Going to Tucker-Maxon was a big step in life for me. I got my cochlear implants there, I learned to talk there, I had great teachers that really cared about me, and I have many great memories growing up here. With all of the help that we have gotten from Tucker-Maxon, my parents felt that for the first part of my life, there was a lot of focuses on me being deaf and learning to talk. My parent felt that it was time for the next step in my life, to be taken out of Tucker-Maxon and brought home, so that way, I could find myself and just be a kid.
Doing those years, I learned how to do a lot of things, I learned all about computers, taking care of animals, photography, piano, starting my own business and so much more. Also, being a deaf girl in a family of 10, I had to learn to keep up with a hearing family.
Then I got my first job at salvation Army and that was a new challenge for me, working in a place where they like their music loud and working with workers that weren’t use to being around a deaf girl. I had to work hard to show them that I could do this, that I could keep up with the rest of them.
Then came another challenge, working at Nordstrom. Same as Salvation Army, they weren’t use to having a deaf person work there. I had to learn to advocate for myself, make myself understood. I had to learn to be comfortable using the phones there. Using a phone for a deaf person is a big deal.
It’s been an interesting journey now at 19, I’m working two jobs and I graduated high school. I look forward to what the next few years are going to bring. I want to go to college, I want to
travel, work in a field of art, and work at a fashion magazine, and so much more.
Once again, I just want to thank everyone who’s been there for me in my life. The people at
Tucker-Maxon, Thank you.
At this point in my life, I’m excited to dream about what the future holds for me and I just want to encourage everyone, don’t be afraid to dream and dream big!