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Summary of Brandi Rarus' Finding Zoe

Summary of Brandi Rarus' Finding Zoe PDF Author: Everest Media,
Publisher: Everest Media LLC
ISBN:
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 16

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 My daughter, Zoe, is deaf. She was born in 2006, and I had always dreamed of having a daughter. It has been a gift of sorts, as it allows me to be comfortable around hearing people. #2 I was six years old in 1974 when I was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. My mother took me to the hospital, and the doctor said that I would not make it through the night. My mother replied, She will not die. She will not die. #3 The adjustment to not hearing people’s voices was so seamless that I didn’t even realize I was no longer able to hear. I was in a readied state, as if I had been given the ability to lip-read. #4 I was deaf, and I didn’t want to be. I was mad at my mother for never having told me that there was such a thing as deafness. I wore hearing aids through elementary school, even though they never helped.

Summary of Brandi Rarus' Finding Zoe

Summary of Brandi Rarus' Finding Zoe PDF Author: Everest Media,
Publisher: Everest Media LLC
ISBN:
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 16

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Book Description
Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 My daughter, Zoe, is deaf. She was born in 2006, and I had always dreamed of having a daughter. It has been a gift of sorts, as it allows me to be comfortable around hearing people. #2 I was six years old in 1974 when I was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. My mother took me to the hospital, and the doctor said that I would not make it through the night. My mother replied, She will not die. She will not die. #3 The adjustment to not hearing people’s voices was so seamless that I didn’t even realize I was no longer able to hear. I was in a readied state, as if I had been given the ability to lip-read. #4 I was deaf, and I didn’t want to be. I was mad at my mother for never having told me that there was such a thing as deafness. I wore hearing aids through elementary school, even though they never helped.

Finding Zoe

Finding Zoe PDF Author: Brandi Rarus
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1940363454
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 288

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At just a few months old, Zoe was gradually losing her hearing. Her adoptive parents loved her—yet agonized—feeling they couldn't handle raising a Deaf child. Would Zoe go back into the welfare system and spend her childhood hoping to find parents willing to adopt her? Or, would she be the long-sought answer to a mother's prayers? Brandi Rarus was just 6 when spinal meningitis took away her hearing. Because she spoke well and easily adjusted to lip reading, she was mainstreamed in school and socialized primarily in the hearing community. Brandi was a popular, happy teen, but being fully part of every conversation was an ongoing struggle. She felt caught between two worlds—the Deaf and the hearing. In college, Brandi embraced Deaf Culture along with the joys of complete and effortless communication with her peers. Brandi went on to become Miss Deaf America in 1988 and served as a spokesperson for her community. It was during her tenure as Miss Deaf America that Brandi met Tim, a leader of the Gallaudet Uprising in support of selecting the university's first Deaf president. The two went on to marry and had three hearing boys—the first non-deaf children born in Tim's family in 125 years. Brandi was incredibly grateful to have her three wonderful sons, but couldn't shake the feeling something was missing. She didn't know that Zoe, a six-month-old Deaf baby girl caught in the foster care system, was desperately in need of a family unafraid of her different needs. Brandi found the answer to her prayers when fate brought her new adopted daughter into her life. Set against the backdrop of Deaf America, Finding Zoe is an uplifting story of hope, adoption, and everyday miracles.