Saturday, October 13, 2012


I have a story to tell. It's a story about me and my disability. Well, some people might call it a disability, and I probably did when I was younger. But now, I think of it more as a challenge to keep me humble in the midst of many other blessings and talents. I was born with severe to profound hearing loss in my right ear and a profound loss in my left ear. I've worn hearing aids my whole life. Big, powerful, conspicuous hearing aids that somehow manage to wring out every last bit of hearing that I had. In April 2011, I bought new hearing aids for the last time. On October 10, 2012, a surgeon put a cochlear implant into my right ear, and if all goes well, I will have another implant put into my left ear sometime in 2013.

There's a Primary children's song called "I Know Heavenly Father Loves Me."  The second verse has had special meaning for me.
He gave me my eyes that I might see the color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear the magical sound of things.
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart. I thank Him reverently
For all his creations of which I'm a part. 
Yes, I know Heavenly Father loves me.
I decided that would be an appropriate title for this blog because I look forward to hearing the magical sounds of so many more things than I ever have before.

Like I said, I have a story to tell. I don't know how this story will end, or when. But I want to tell it as it unfolds. The date on this post is October 13, 2012, which means that chronologically, I'm in the middle of my story. The blog posts may be somewhat chronological, or I may exercise artistic license and throw in some background material for some of my posts. But the story will largely focus on my road back to hearing.  Sometimes I'll have William weigh in with his side of the story, because this part of the story is almost as much his as it is mine.

My hope is that as others read my story, they will come away with a greater appreciation for the tremendous God-given capacity that our bodies have. I hope that they'll understand that living with a disability is challenging, just as living in a body that works pretty well can be challenging, too. I hope that they'll recognize that the road to my recovery continues to be built on a foundation of prayers, fasts, kind words of encouragement, and generous acts of service. And above all, I hope that they'll understand a little more about the Master Healer of us all.


  1. I'm excited to hear your story, Rebecca. Please consider me an attentive audience member.

  2. Love the title. You got me crying right off the bat. I'm intrigued to hear about your journey, past & present. Love ya & miss y'all all like crazy.

  3. you are one of my favorite people ever, rebecca! you have never lived life like you had a disability. that has always amazed me. some people in your position would have taken the "i'm a victim" approach, but not you! i can't wait to read more about your journey!

  4. And now you've got me crying! You do it to me too! Thank you for sharing this. I look forward to reading your story and learning more about this journey you are all embarking on. I look at you with utmost admiration and I'm so proud to call you my friend.

  5. I love this Rebecca, I can't wait to read your journey!

  6. RA-I am excited to read about how this new part of your life unfolds! Missing you!

  7. I'm glad you've started this blog. I can't wait to read more! Beautiful first post and very appropriate title. Love you lots, Rebecca!

  8. This brings tears to my eyes.
    I would love to 'hear' your story.
    And I know it will be, in part, a story of love and miracles.

  9. I'm crying. I have always admired you so much, and I didn't even know you had severe hearing loss until a long time after you were already married to my brother. You sure don't act like you have a disability, and I am excited for you and will be praying for you as you start this journey. Thanks for telling your story.

  10. You have always been so awesome Rebecca, thanks for sharing your story. <3

  11. Rebecca, thanks for being willing to share your story. I can't wait to see how the story unfolds.

  12. Randomly found your blog. You write beautifully. I'm looking forward to hear more of your journey.