Thanks Bruce!

Andreas started his career in radio, first as a casual co-host, and eventually became a news reporter. He’s my little Les Nessman.

All the attention we received a couple of weeks ago with the Glenrose Foundation Courage Awards put us on the radio radar. After an appearance on the Ryan Jespersen show talking about the award and being #deafnotdeaf, Bruce Bowie invited us on the CHED Morning News show.

We’re never going to turn down an opportunity to talk about hearing, sound, and how it impacts your health. The best part: even though it was a morning show, we only had to be there at 8:30am. 

Bruce was great, and it was a really good opportunity to talk about how important hearing is. 

FINALLY

We’re back. Today we’re recording our first podcast in months. It’s time.

True confessions: I broke the podcast. When we started My Beautiful Cyborg, we thought it would be a great way to keep friends and family in touch with my process with a cochlear implant. Instead, it became a great way to tell EVERYONE about the CI experience. What ended up happening was we were overwhelmed by my speedy progress, but especially with all the changes in our life. More on that in the podcast.

Last week we were awarded the Glenrose Hospital’s “Courage Award.” We’re humbled. We’re honoured. We have a lot of guilt. We’ve been remiss in staying in touch. It’s time to get back to it.

Today we’re recording the first episode of what we’re kind of calling a “new season.” You see, the podcast was supposed to be just about the experience and my progress. But my explosive progress resulted in what was effectively the spontaneous ability to hear. We didn’t have a way to think about that. Andreas struggled with hundreds of adaptations that were suddenly unnecessary. 

We’ve had incredible support from friends, family, and you. It’s been a genuinely overwhelming time. 

In the end, we needed a break to recalibrate life. We have more work to do, but now we’re facing the right direction. Turning around a lifetime of loss and erosion takes more energy and time than we expected.

Then again, deafness only affects you when you hear, so little wonder everything is different.

More than anything, we appeared on 630 CHED radio the morning of the Courage Awards, last Thursday. It reminded me of two things: 1) It’s amazing that I’m married to a professional producer who breathes audio and sound like everyone breathes air, and 2) I missed sharing my experiences with you.

So, today is our first day back in studio. Talk to you soon!

The Courage Award

So, there we were, just going about our business telling everyone how amazing hearing is, and we got a call from the Glenrose Hospital.

I haven’t really talked much about the Glenrose, but it’s the only rehabilitation hospital in Alberta. It looks and sort of feels like a hospital, but it doesn’t have the urgency of a hospital. Andreas says “It’s where patience and gratitude is born.”

The Glenrose Audiology department includes the Cochlear Implant Services department, and their team of audiologists, technicians, and speech pathologists. They do the work of restoring hearing – which is to say the connection between people.

Each year the treatment teams at the Glenrose nominate patients who have inspired the staff. It’s hard to believe that’s even a thing because the staff inspire the patients, but however all that works – long story short – Andreas and I have been awarded a “Courage Award.”

GLOBAL NEWS:  
Edmonton couple spreading message about importance of protecting your hearing

Global News Edmonton’s Health Reporter Su-Ling Goh interviewed us as part of the official announcement of the award. We’re grateful. We’re honoured. There’s a ceremony on November 1.

In the meantime, it’s the thanksgiving weekend. We started out this time last year. It’s time for a reboot.

We’ll be talking to you again very soon.