Sunday, August 26, 2012

It's a book!!!

So we survived New York! The weather was beautful this trip and we enjoyed walking around seeing the sights. We arrived Thursday morning and spent the day walking around, eating, and shopping. Thursday night we were invited to go watch the taping of World News with Diane Sawyer. Sloan has had a crush on her since he was a little boy, so needless to say, he was floored. Lol. We arrived at ABC studios and were shocked to learn that they offered us to be on the set! If you've ever noticed the people in the background behind Diane on computers looking 'busy'.....well, we got to do that! It was hysterical to me because they logged us on the computers and were like "get online, get on Facebook, whatever, we just need you to look inconspicous and busy" I didn't have time to call friends or family, so I immediately found friends and family online and started chatting. At one point I started grinning like the Cheshire Cat and then people were instant messaging me saying things like "We see you smiling!" which only made it harder for me to keep a straight face. Lol. It lasted 30 minutes and then much to our surprise when taping was over, Diane invited us to hug and take a pic!!! Sloan was pretty much speechless and I was gushing as usual. Ha.

That night we ate at a Brazilian Restaurant that was fabulous. Those who know me, know how much I love food.....and vacations pretty much revolve around it. Lol. After we ate, I received some VERY exciting news from friends back home.  The Military Warriors Support Foundation presented my longtime childhood friend Andrew, an Army Commendation Medal and Purple Heart recipient with a new home at the Ranger game!  He and his wife Amy and kids are so deserving and I had been praying that this blessing would come through for them. We were on the streets of NY grinning big for them :)

Friday morning we got up and got ready and headed for my interview with 20/20. I was SO nervous as usual. It never gets any easier, whether I'm speaking at a church, in front of 5 people, or on TV, it's always so nerve wracking for me. The interview went very well though and will be airing Sept. 7th on ABC. It was a typical interview, but the thing I was most excited about was the opportunity to share my new book coming out! I've not allowed myself to get excited much, but being able to share it with the world on TV, the excitement is starting to creep up on me. The book is anticipated to be on shelves by the end of October if everything goes well. I'm literally in the home stretch and the light is very near the end of the tunnel. It's been an amazing journey to walk out for sure. Anyway, I wanted to let ya'll know that you have the ability to go to my publisher's website and 'reserve' a copy if you like. The site is:

I'd blog more, but I have 2 girls tugging on my arm and we are about to leave to go have dinner with I'm starving (big surprise) and can't focus well. Hope everyone had a great weekend and for those of you near me, enjoy this rain!!!



  1. My daughter-in-law was implanted this past spring. Her experience sent me in search of what she was experiencing. Brought me here. Thank you for sharing your journey. (She's doing fine -- although she was surprised that her teen daughter 1) had a shrill voice; 2) never, ever quit talking.) We are blessed.

  2. Just found both your Youtube videos and your blog, and I have to say I was fascinated with your experience. I am a sound engineer by passion and the world of sound in all of its beauty has always intrigued me. I went partially deaf for about a month this past winter due to a double ear infection, so I have maybe a small inkling of what you must be feeling with your new implants. Keep up the good work and God bless you!

  3. I've got my copy reserved!!! I can't wait to read through it. I have been following your journey for quite some time and am completely fascinated by you. Thank you for being such an admirable person! I enjoy reading your thoughts....


  4. Congratulations to you and your family. What an amazing story and an awesome gift you have shared with US!

    I was humbled when I watched your video on YouTube. Sometimes we take things for granted. Your story is a reminder that the simple things in life, like: our family and our hearing are so very precious.


    Jason C.
    Honolulu Police (retired)

  5. Karen Mulrooney September 1, 2012 9:15 pm

    It was your video of you hearing your own voice for the first time that got me investigating about Esteem. I am scheduled to have my Esteem implant surgery on October 4, 2012 at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan. I am from Burlington, Ontario Canada. I can't wait to see your interview with Diane Sawyer. I am told that your hearing loss is similar to mine. I simply can't wait for the activation which will probably be in November 2012 sometime. I don't have the date yet. Good luck on your new book! I will be looking for it! God bless you, Sarah!

    Karen Mulrooney (retired)
    Burlington, Ontario Canada

  6. I came by your youtube video by accident and I was really touched and I am so happy for you! Good luck on your book!

  7. Hello,

    I think my dad sent me the video of your device being switched on soon after it came out. We both enjoy passing back and forth videos like this to each other because my dad is half-deaf through early military training, and one of his cousins in England has the same implant device as you. Your video captured for me the amazement of suddenly hearing again.

    The next time I saw you was on Ellen, and I was so happy that you would be able to have the second implant done, and your mother-in-law's kind gesture rewarded. That video makes me a bit teary-eyed too.

    I hope all is going very well with you and yours.

  8. What a great trip and opportunity! I can't wait for your book to come out.