With Thanksgiving just a mere day away, we have a tendency to reflect on what we are most thankful for. For most of us, we have so much that we are thankful for that putting it into words takes a lot of time. There is always the small things that you take for granted, things you don’t realize you’re thankful for, until you don’t have it. For instance, I recently spent 5 months training for a 10K race. Two days before the race, while out running, I tripped and fell on an uneven section of the sidewalk. I knew immediately that something was terribly wrong. I got up and finished running home, albeit, at a much slower pace and in excruciating pain. As it turned out, I fractured my radial head (the end of the radius bone at your elbow). I just recently got the go ahead to type and I can almost fully extend my arm. It’s one of those small things that I’m thankful for. Being able to fully extend my arm will make a lot of what I do daily much easier!
I know that I have a lot to be thankful for and it’s hard to say what I’m most thankful for. However, an important part of who I am is being deaf. I lost my hearing at the age of 44. When you have a life-altering event like that, it changes you. It also makes you aware of those things you are thankful for. In regards to my hearing loss, I am most thankful for all the scientists and doctors who dedicated so much time in the creation of the cochlear implants. It’s a medical miracle for those who have hearing loss and want to hear again. Continue reading