May 27, 2017

How Do I Hear?

I  often get asked about, "How do you hear?" or "How does the cochlear implant work?" This past week, I got to create a video answering those questions. Check it out!


May 20, 2017

3K in 3 Days!





Wow! I don't know what other words to say other than all of you amaze me! The goal, $3,000, has been reached in about 3 days time. I was thinking it would take a lot longer than that. Thank you so much! My heart is so full right now!

What's Next?

At this point, we have done everything we could do to prepare for what we expect the outcome to be from the insurance. The funds helped secure the ability to move forward. Right now, we are praying that the insurance process goes smoothly. I should hear back from my insurance in about two weeks. Let the waiting game begin!

How can you help?

Prayers. That is the biggest request right now. Since our first son was born we would always do nightly prayers with him. By example, he learned what it means when we say, "It's time for prayers." So, the other day I said, "We are going to do prayers now." Out of nowhere he stopped what he was doing and folded his arm and bowed his head. After 10 seconds or so, he said, "Amen!" I know that God hears his little prayers and all of our prayers. We continue to see miracles unfold each day.

Thank you for all you do!

David & Family

May 18, 2017

Walking Among Angels


These past few days I feel as if I am walking among angels. Just as this little girl is guided along her path, I feel that God is doing the same for me through many of you around me. In a 24 hour period, we reached 1/3 of our goal. This is amazing and very humbling for me.

A step closer to making sure I am still able to hear my son's laughter! 








May 16, 2017

Facing The Truth • Part Two



Remember last years post titled "Facing The Truth?" It feels like yesterday that I wrote that and now it is time to face the reality. Consider this part two of "Facing The Truth."

In that post, I spoke more about my right ear and the need to have surgery to get the upgrade. That will still happen but not just yet, at least not for another few years. (I hope) BUT, my left ear does need to get an upgrade. 

Recently, the manufacturer that makes my cochlear implant discontinued all the products to support my left ear, including the processor (the external part of the cochlear implant). They came out with a new cochlear implant processor that I will need to upgrade to in order to ensure the best hearing and support. Today I submitted my application for the upgrade and hope to have it done this summer before school starts back up. The insurance should be able to cover most of the cost. The upgrade for the processor is around $10,000. If everything goes smoothly, we should only have to worry about $3,000 of it. 

When I got my first cochlear implant at age six for my right ear, the insurance would not pay for the $50,000.00 procedure and that was not the kind of money my family had. Between family, friends, and lots of miracles, the $50,000.00 was paid for and I was able to hear my parents once again. 
One of my fondest memories of that time was being woken up after falling asleep to find my classmates at the door with their jars full of coins and dollar bills. There is no miracle too small as to me that was one of the biggest miracles of all. 

It takes a team to make this upgrade possible. Not only will the donations help go towards the processor but the extra doctor's appointments to get me all set up with the new processor. 

If you are able to help make this possible, please visit my GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/davidbcluff 



May 7, 2017

Remember the Miracles

 This past week my son reminded me to stop, reflect and remember the miracles. Between work, school, family and life it is easy to forget to do that. As I watched my son play in the yard and take the time to smell the flowers, I began to list some of the miracles I have witnessed over the last few months.


Recent Miracles: 
  • The birth of our second son. 
  • The miracle to hear both of my sons and family. 
  • Living in a beautiful area. 
  • Witnessing neighboring towns work together during trying times. (Eureka & Pacific Floods)
  • Family 
  • Working with great people 
  • Meeting amazing people and learning about their story. 
  • Church friends 
  • The miracle that there is still lots of good out there.  
My list can go on and on but this gives you an idea of what has been on my mind. What are some recent miracles that you have witnessed in your life? 

When life gets busy or don't feel your best,  make sure you take the opportunity to note the miracles you see each day. 

Remember the miracles.