March 12, 2012

Living the Dream...

This will be my last post before I leave in a few weeks. I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for helping me live my dreams! These past few years have been amazing and a huge blessing to me. I was asked by Cochlear Implant Online to send my story in for them to share. The story I submitted was titled "Living the Dream" and after it was published, on Sunday, I can now share it with my readers.
 
  When I lost my hearing, at the age of six, I often found myself dreaming about hearing sounds, my mother playing the piano or my dad working with his drill gun in the garage. Each day I longed more and more to hear those sounds again.  About six months after my hearing loss, I was on a journey to living my dream. I got my first cochlear implant in 1999 and one of my first sounds was footsteps. Now, 12 years later, I am living the dream each and every day. Not only was I dreaming about hearing but I also started dreaming about hearing with both of my ears. I then got a 2nd cochlear implant, at age 14, and that was a huge turning point in my life and a dream come true.
  The journey getting to this point was not easy. It was a journey of faith, endurance, growth and trust. Each day held challenges, joy and laughter. At a very young age, I had to learn how to hear with my heart. After turning on my first implant, I just wanted to enjoy every sound and the voices of my family. When my 2nd implant turned on, I had a burning desire or dream to help others who are like me. After finding my voice, I have been able to help teens and their families in ways doctors could not. When I realized that there are many more teens and families around the world that could use this kind of support, I created deafteens.org for my Eagle Scout project. Many teens around the world got to help make this website become a reality. I love to see the transformation in parents' eyes when they see that there is hope for their young child and teens to realize that they are not alone.
  I have found that challenges can be blessings and that it is okay to laugh! My story never ends but a continuation of who I am. I love taking photos and capturing the world around me. Being deaf makes me stretch beyond my comfort zone and makes me work harder to reach for my dreams.
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Stay tuned for David's Mission Blog in the coming weeks!

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