Hello dear readers, my name is Jessica Durante, I am a 31 year old mum of 2 and live in a wonderful place called Gibraltar that’s in the southern part of Spain. I decided a while back I wanted to tap into my writing skills to share a journey that has become so important to me over the last 5 months. I want to share with the world my new self and be happy with who I am as a person. I also want to create awareness for the deaf community and share my journey with deafness and now the new world of hearing.
You see, in April 2021 I had my cochlear implant surgery, for those that do not know what that is, it’s a device for people that are deaf. In the blogs I will explain and go into more details about how they work and how it has changed my life. I have had hearing loss problems since the age of 2 and have adapted to the hearing world through different methods. Finally when I was 18 I got my first pair of hearing aids and a few years later started my journey of 5 years to fight for the cochlear implant.
I hope my story can inspire others and can teach others about being deaf, the struggles we face, how the world has shut us out through this horrible pandemic and how we can all be different. Also to learn about new procedures that are available that could change someone’s life. I also want to share my journey now back to the hearing world, all I am learning, all my feelings and all my expectations. Please feel free to comment, ask questions and ask for advice should you need it.
I will also be tackling a lot of other hard to talk about subjects that affected my life growing up. Divorce, religious shunning and last but not least abandonment. I want my story to inspire others, you do NOT have to become a stereotype, you CAN become a great person despite your past and you CAN find happiness within the struggle.