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Elizabeth Tricase Lance’s Story

June 5th, 2011 by | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Elizabeth at the age of 4 years old when she first received her cochlear implant.

Elizabeth Tricase Lance was implanted in 1989 as part of clinical trial studies at the age of four years old.

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Rose Lance. I was born completely deaf. Because I was such a visual baby my parents did not find out until I was one years old. I received the implant when I was 4 ½ years old. My parents were very nervous because it had not been approved by the FDA for children just yet. Going through many years of speech therapy with so many supportive people including my parents I did wonderful with my Cochlear Implant. When I was in 2nd grade I asked why I couldn’t go to the same school as my cousins. They had attended to a Catholic school and could not support an interpreter due to the lack of funds to the separation of the church and state. Determined as a little girl I told my mother I will be ok without an interpreter! My mother did not want to say no to me so she gave me a chance to try it out. Because of my 2nd grade teacher, I made it through 2nd grade with no problems! Ever since 2nd grade I made it through middle school, High school, and even graduated with honors in College. I am so lucky I had such wonderful teachers, speech therapy teachers, audiologist, and parents to help me succeed in life. Because of all them I am a PE teacher that will never say no to a student because I know they can succeed if they put their mind to it. Anything is possible. I am also a mother to a wonderful little toddler named Isabella-Mae. I loved being able to hear her make her first sounds especially her first word “mama”. I am so thankful for everyone who has had an impact on my life and I hope to do the same to my students.

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