Hi Friends and Family,
The last few years have taught me that in life, we all experience a challenge that shapes our journey. For me, an experience that shaped my journey happened in 2013 when I was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
While in grad school I reported allergies at the campus clinic and that appointment led to the stunning discovery, which left me in shock, devastated, and grieving until December 2020.
For more than 20 years before my diagnosis, I struggled in every area of my life. I had no idea it was related to hearing loss. In church, I couldn't understand the sermons. At school, I worked three times as hard to keep up because I didn't always understand instructions. Professionally, I worked overtime taking work home. And socially, I isolated myself from many of my friends.
In 2021, I discovered the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving 48 million people with hearing loss. The discovery not only helped me understand that I am not alone in this journey but I also learned coping strategies that have helped with my emotional healing.
I’ve had the chance to participate in the Walk4Hearing, the only nationwide event bringing attention to hearing loss and promoting the importance of hearing health.
Did you know that one in seven Americans are living with some degree of hearing loss? Hearing is an important part of overall health and the Walk4Hearing calls on all of us to take action. By being active, engaged, and making hearing health a priority, people with hearing loss can live well. Let’s Hear Now and Be Well Together.
It all starts right here in my own community with generous people like you, who are willing to step up and support me on my journey.
Can I count on you?