My journey started on Dec. 5, 1993. I was born a healthy red-headed girl. When I was 12 months old, my family started to think that I couldn't hear. They would say my name or clap and I did not turn around. When I was 17 months old I went through [Young Sarah Burrell walking] testing and that is when my parents found out I had a hearing loss. The doctors thought I was born with the loss. My mom said that it was a very sad day for her and my dad. My diagnosis was a severe-to-profound loss in both ears. A few of the professionals wanted me to learn sign language only. My parents wanted me to continue to use listening and spoken language because I was a very chatty baby, babbling all the time. They were very strong about wanting me to fit in with the "normal" kids and wanting me to communicate with everyone. My audiologist suggested some very good professionals because my parents wanted me to communicate with listening and spoken language and improve as I got older.