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"It was really kind of a relief when we heard Emiel was deaf."
"Your first thought is: the world is ending. But it's not ending, another world just opens itself up."
"It's important for children to be able to be themselves."
"We're religious, and I immediately noticed this having an effect on my faith."
"I think bonding and interacting with your child is the most important thing."
"The first year was very busy, so many appointments. We barely had time to enjoy it."
"What can I do now?"
"Would he ever be able to hear music, or the rain beating against the window? That was quite important to me."
"Sometimes I feel belittled as a deaf person."
"The realization really hit us: we're responsible for this now."
"Now that I see how happy they are, I worry a lot less."
"They are unexpected, beautiful moments."
"At first, very small things could make me incredibly sad."
"Our parents gave us confidence: you're great, just the way you are."
"I love having a deaf child, that's hard to explain."
"You end up in this medical scene, I almost forget to enjoy having my child."
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