Last year I wrote a blog post called My Thank You’s and to this day it is one of the best posts I’ve written. This year I have a few more “Thank You’s” so here they are:
1. I am thankful for the technology Advanced Bionics has developed to give me the gift of hearing. I had my cochlear implant surgery November 1st and the device was activated on November 22nd. I was hearing sounds and words and understanding every bit of it. You can see the video here: Jeff's Activation.
2. Thank you to all my family and friends who texted, Facebooked, emailed, and came to help me out during my surgery. I really appreciate all of you. Those communications made a world of difference. I am amazed at how much support I have around the world.
I am most thankful for Deaf-Insight and what Monica Hood has created to keep us connected so that no one has to feel alone. I started with Deaf-Insight in October 2012, six months after going deaf, and I enjoy writing from my heart to let others know that being deaf is not the end of the world despite its challenges.
I will no longer be writing for Deaf-Insight so others can share their stories. I have enjoyed writing stories and reading each comment, making you laugh, and sharing my frustration and triumphs with you. I am thankful to Monica for giving me the opportunity to be part of Deaf-Insight. She has gathered a group of wonderful writers to educate, give hope, and provide support. I am not done writing, and once in a while I will post a story as a guest on her website. Thank you Monica for everything.
I want to wish everyone a wonderful 2014. When you have a moment you are welcome to stop by and visit me at World of Silence.
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.