Not only has it been a very long time, but it's been a very emotional time period. Where to begin? Maybe at the beginning of my journey as a parent.
I am the mother of two very special daughters - special in so many ways! And they are exceptional human beings! My journey as mother has been fraught with many ups and downs. It's been an enlightening learning experience since 1971, when our older daughter (Andrea) was diagnosed as hearing-impaired at age 3. Imagine 1971! There was no Internet, no information, no ready source of resources to help us even begin to deal with child disability. What do new parents know? Virtually nothing, for there is no prep course for parenthood.
Our second daughter (Roberta) was born that same year, 4 months before Andrea's diagnosis. Immediate hearing testing was inconclusive; it wasn't until she was 13 months old that her hearing-impairment was deemed conclusive. We were now the parents of two hearing-impaired children, four hearing aids, and little else. We knew no one who shared this experience. It was frightening, isolating, depressing. With the help of some wonderful friends and a few good professionals, I began to relate the experience to Kubler-Ross' On Death and Dying, viewing the process as one of grieving.