I was born Deaf and lost my vision as an adult — but reading is my constant companion

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The first time books changed my life, I didn’t even know what a book was.

My mother reeled when I was diagnosed as totally Deaf at four months old. She called it “the destruction of dreams.”

“I wanted to be a mother, a good mother,” she once told me before pausing. “But when you were diagnosed… I didn’t know how to do that.”

Thousands of miles away from her home country and still clumsy with English, my mother marched to the nearby library—a simple, local branch—and asked the librarian for help. …

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Cristina Hartmann

Stringing words together and hoping for the best. Find me at http://cristinahartmann.com

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