Fortunately, Hannah isn't sick and this surgery will give Hannah the very best opportunity to do everything she wants to do. I often think what Hannah's life would be like if it weren't for cochlear implants, what are life for our family would be like. It certainly would be a whole lot different than the one she has to look forward to.
We are so lucky we live in this time when this miracle is available and Hannah will only know that she can hear, that she can sing and dance and be like every other child. We made certain Hannah is under the best care with her team at NYEE - Dr. Alexiades, her audiologist Megan and her speech therapist Liz as well as Jessica at CHC and her little friends and teachers at The Clarke School.
We were also reminded this week just how loved Hannah is by her family and friends. She has an entire nation of people rooting for her. Thank you all for your calls, emails, texts and cards. They are deeply appreciated and we will read them to her very soon. I know she will love to hear from you.
Tonight we carefully packed up her softed pajamas (she can't put on anything over her head for now) and her favorite stuffed animals - her puppy Murray, her kitty Lila, her monkey and of course Elmo to help in her recovery.
I just hope and pray Hannah can feel our love and spirit and that will ease any pain and give you comfort. I also hope and pray Hannah's beautiful smile and laughter will wash away any anxiety when we see her.
This time tomorrow we will be done but we have to get through the day. It is a milestone day, but it will be a tough one. Today is just Day 1, a moment of her life and the very start of amazing things in her life.