I have been doing the Walk 4 Hearing for the last 14 years in support of my niece Lexi. She was three when she was diagnosed with a progressive form of hearing loss, deaf in one ear and significant hearing loss in the other. Basically, she can only hear 1/4 of what we can. 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, 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 and we are so thankful!
What has changed - well for one , she is no longer this cute little girl firecracker in preschool any more, she is a beautiful young woman who is graduating high school this year. 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 Lexi grow up. 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 me every day.
Lexi is graduating this year, with straight A's, part of the National Honor Society, involved in theater, choir, student government, basketball, dance, holding multiple leadership positions and just this week she was elected Senior Class President! Seriously….I don’t know how she fits it all in
Now for her future……This past summer, she attended the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington DC for Public Policy and Political Action which has fueled 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.
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.