Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I seek answers!

I have not posted in a week. I spent the last week reading blogs, reading postings on alldeaf, and researching the internet. I spent a lot of time just reflecting. How did I get to this point? What happen that I was clueless for the past 39 years? Wow, when did my choice for implants and the choice of parents upset a whole community. Also what is my place in the Deaf Community? What purpose do I serve? How can I bridge parents of CI children, Deaf, HOH, and CI adults?

Then I realized I don't have answers, only more questions?

So here is my choice, I am going to keep on blogging. I am going to try to show the reflection of a positive experience with Cochlear Implants. I will defend any person I feel is treated against the golden rule "Treat others the way you want to be treated." I will show my support for others within my Community and find a way to enrich the community with my experiences.

So in saying that I have one more thing to say tonight - Karen, I am proud of you! I don't know if would have had your courage. I will find my strenghts in yours. It is a positive change you are making. ----Valerie


Jennifer said...

Valerie...I think what you'll find is that no one person has all the answers :) We're all looking right along with you. I don't think that there is any one perfect way to be Deaf or Hard of Hearing...I agree...the best way to get by is to just live peaceably with everyone, if possible, and respect that others will make decisions different from our own :)

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Hi Valerie,
I think the best blog entries are when people write from their heart about their own experience in life.
We all need to remember that it's risky to open up and put yourself out there in cyberspace where others may judge you. But it's also rewarding to find a supportive circle on the internet. I think the positive outweighs the negative. Keep on blogging!

Abbie said...

That is the best advice "write from the heart!"

The DeafBlind's Musing said...

"Write from the heart".. ahh, yes!

The best way to do it, yes and please continue blogging, I enjoy your blog. We all need diversity because it truly enriches us.

Tactile smile,

Karen said...

Valerie--thank you for your support. :)Hugs!