Loss? What Loss?

Video calling has opened up a new channel for many of us who depend on lip/speech reading. Fresh off a video call just now with the company that manufactures my cochlear implant and processor, I am as giddy as a school boy after nailing 99% of conversation. Skype and FB calls offer me a cost …

A Finer Balance

There have been countless moments in these past 10 years where I smile at the cosmic jokes played on me. I became deaf 10 years ago overnight on September 2007. Along with loss of hearing I lost my inner balance. I spent  months on a stroke ward in a suburban hospital in the autumn of …

EGO

Group support has a place for those of us whose primary purpose is to have a clear view and to help others have a clear view. Each week I head out to join a group of like individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction issues due to all of the aforementioned. I have …

ZEN DEAF

This past year was as previous years both  ying and yang. I moved out of group and back into group. I embraced the track running regime and went weeks without the daily rigours. I re-embraced ASL, and fell victim to waning enthusiasm. I left one-one one counselling after the wrongful assumption of graduation, and returned …

ACCEPTANCE

Deaf as  a stump. That is what I need to accept. Yes, I am a true Cyborg with my cochlear implant and all of it's incredible technology. The term cyborg is not the same thing as bionic, or android; it applies to an organism that has restored function or enhanced abilities due to the integration …