Merry Christmas from Fiona

How YOU Doin'?

How YOU Doin’?

2013 was a tough year for Team Isham. Fiona Kate was born on May 1st, just over 7 months ago. On May 2nd, she failed her newborn hearing screening. Two retests later, our fears were confirmed: Fiona was profoundly deaf. Eliza and I were devastated.

On June 9th I started this blog, now knowing much what to expect. Eliza and myself can sometimes be private people, but we just didn’t know how to cope. It was too much, and we needed to talk to people. The blog seemed the right balance to me – share info with those who wanted to follow, without depressing those who didn’t. I thought maybe 10 people would follow.

The response was, in one word, astounding.

Its almost become cliche to say “we have a great family”, “we have great friends”. Everyone does these days it seems, but in our case it really is true. The amount of support we’ve received has been mind boggling. We didn’t know what to expect, but I’ll tell you this wasn’t it. We expected a few cards and some polite “i’m sorry to hear that”, but that was it. How wrong we were – the continued involvement and response to this blog has been heartening and empowering.

Even today, over 6 months later, we continue to receive complements, support, and encouragement. And boy have we come a long way. If you get a moment, reread that first blog. Its a strange time warp for me. We have come so long in such a short amount of time.

It still sucks and we’ll probably never stop saying “what if”, but we’re in a much better place now. It’s not so bad, we got this.

2014 will be a much better year. Fiona’s first Cochlear Implant surgery is March 7th, just over 2 months away. Her activation will be a few weeks after that. This will be the first sound she will ever hear – ALL BEFORE HER FIRST BIRTHDAY!


Eliza and I thank everyone for sharing this journey and being, well…awesome. It means more to us then you’ll ever know. Hopefully this blog has been uplifting and maybe you learn a thing or two along the way.

Fiona’s journey is far from done. Thanks for sticking it out…

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9 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from Fiona

  1. Muriel Lindsay

    And thank you so much for sharing and showing how it’s done to take a huge life challenge and turn it into an adventure of sorts, one that requires truckloads of patience and courage, but an adventure none- the- less. A very merry first Christmas to a lucky little girl to have you and Eliza as parents.

  2. Gina Pollut

    May God Bless all of you, and yes you have family and friends you may have never met, but I’ll tell you this. I look for for my Profoundly Strong emails every day, and of all the emails I get daily your is ALWAYS the first and sometimes the ONLY email I read! Merry Christmas little one, and the Happiest of New Years!

  3. Julie

    Thanks for sharing all of this with us. We care about you guys and know that 2014 will bring great things for Fiona and your family. Merry Christmas.

  4. Mark Isham Post author

    See, you gals are just reinforcing what I was saying! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks all for the thanks. And a special thanks to you Murial – you and I have never met, yet you’ve been a rock for us. Can’t wait to meet you someday, hopefully next year!

  5. Sheri

    Mark this blog has been wonderful for Richard and myself. It is one way to keep in touch and know how you and your family are doing. Fiona is in wonderful loving hands and we feel blessed to have your family in our lives and your willingness to share so much with us. Merry Christmas!

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