Posts Tagged ‘deaf son’

Marbely Barahona: We Wondered How His Future Would Be

December 10, 2018

Today was the day.

As parents of a deaf child, we always wondered how his future would be.

At some point, we felt overwhelmed, sad and very hopeless. We remember those days that we couldn’t see a clear future for him.

Today, he left from our nest and found his own wings. It was hard to let him go, but we knew he was ready.

He is ready because we didn’t let anyone dictate our choices.

He is ready because we never let him feel less capable of doing something, because we worked days and nights incessantly to make sure he developed a language.

He is ready because he had people around him that truly cared: teachers, audiologists, professionals and a wonderful organization, Hands & Voices where we together as a family learned so much and never again felt alone in this journey.

He is ready because we encouraged him to make friends, those that last forever, because he took advantage of every moment, every challenge, every adventure.

This is just a new beginning for him, there is still a lot more to do, only that this time he will do it by himself, he will advocate for himself and he will become a man.

Marbely Barahona

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Candace Lindow-Davies: What Hands & Voices Means to Me

November 23, 2013

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I vividly remember the day we learned our son was deaf.  New parents as we were, I remember being unsure of his future, feeling crushed by the decisions we faced, and feeling so incredibly alone.  But what slowly built up our strength in those early months, throughout his life, and even today is the reassurance that we are, in fact, NOT alone.  We learned that there are families all across Minnesota, all across the United States, and the world on the same journey.  And when we come together and start to share our experiences, the differences between our geography, our cultures, our choices and paths…fall away.  What is left is this common bond of loving our child so much and our need to reach out to each other for acceptance, wisdom, guidance, innovation, resilience, and even laughter.  Hands & Voices means my family and most importantly, my son has a positive, up-lifting community who sees the gifts he brings and together, celebrates them.

Candace Lindow-Davies

 

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