I have been doing the Walk 4 Hearing for the last 14 years on Team Lexi. Lexi was three and newly diagnosed with a progressive form of hearing loss when I started this. She was deaf in one ear and had significant hearing loss in the other. Over the past 14 years so much has stayed the same yet so much has changed.
First what has stayed the same. Lexi is still the same beautiful girl inside and out. She's full of spunk, she's vivacious, funny, smart, life of the party and loves to be the center of attention. She is still determined, focused and isn't afraid to speak her mind. Another very important thing that hasn't changed is her hearing loss. Over the past 14 years her hearing loss has remained stable despite the fact that she has a progressive condition. We are thankful for that everyday and still hold our breath every time she gets a hearing test. Lastly another constant over the years is our participation in the Walk 4 Hearing. We have been walking for 14 years helping to bring awareness and attention to hearing loss and raising money to help bring programs and resources to those who would not have access.
What has changed - well for one I no longer have this cute little girl in preschool any more. I now have this beautiful young woman who is graduating high school this year. That alone blows my mind. But more importantly what has changed is my perspective on what someone with a hearing loss can accomplish and that the possibilities are endless as I have watched this first hand with Lexi. Now when she was first diagnosed, I really had every doomsday thought a mother could have. How could she succeed academically? Socially? What would her future look like? Would she be able to participate in things that she loved? I could not imagine what her future would hold or how she was going to succeed. Well I only wish I had a crystal ball because I could have never imagined with a hearing loss as great as Lexi's she would accomplish all that she has. She is truly amazing and continues to amaze myself and others. As I mentioned Lexi is graduating this year, with straight A's, part of the National Honor Society, involved in theater, choir, student government, basketball, holding multiple leadership positions. Lexi recently attended the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington DC for Public Policy and Political Action to help fuel her desire to become a lobbyist post college so she can lobby for social issues and those who are underrepresented. She is becoming quite the social activist. Never could I have imagined she could have accomplished this much with a hearing loss such as hers. When she was diagnosed at three, I could have never seen all of this but I sure did underestimate this girl. Lexi's strong desire to succeed and her determination to succeed beyond societal norms pushes her more and more. I could not be prouder of her and everything she has accomplished and am so excited for her future. I do not doubt she will be successful in all she does. She is a force to be reckoned with and the fact that she does all she does with about a quarter of the hearing of others is what I find truly remarkable.
If you could please donate to this special cause and this special team who has supported Lexi for the last 14 years I would be so grateful.
Thank you and GO TEAM LEXI!!