Interviews

Passengers

October 5, 2017

The last few months have proven to be an incredible challenge for me on many levels, particularly after the death of my mother. I've been doing a lot of soul searching, trying to figure out where I fit in and how to utilize my skills. I'm continuing to evolve and change as I go through this new journey. 

While my hearing loss has defined me and given me opportunities to adapt and grow as a person. It has also forced me to come out of my comfort zone, especially since I'm quite shy, and to come to terms with my limitations. Lately, I've been looking inward and asking myself "Who am I?" This is especially prudent right now as I head in a new direction in my life. 

During the holidays, just before my mother died, I had seen a remarkable movie entitled "Passengers" featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. I had told her about it and was looking forward to watching it with her so that we could compare our thoughts about it. It held an interesting premise that would've sparked a lively discussion between us. Sadly, we never got the chance to do that. 


I thought the movie was intriguing, especially since it resounded with me and in some ways, parallel to my life. The reason why I connected with it was the way it showcased the impact of being incredibly isolated. To me, it was a reflection of how I felt with my disability since it can effectively cut me off from people. Due to the severity of my hearing loss, I can only hear an average of 40% or less of what is spoken and as a result, this makes it extremely difficult to have a normal conversation. I miss a huge amount of information and it's exhausting for me to keep up with someone, particularly in a noisy environment. 

I was curious as to how Chris Pratt's character, Jim, would grasp the concept of being truly alone while trying to accept his fate. It made me wonder how he would grapple with his inner demons, would he lose his mind or give up entirely? As the story progressed, he had to face another dilemma: should he awaken another passenger? He had to make a moral decision about changing the life of Aurora, played by Jennifer Lawrence. This created an intense conflict between the two characters, as well as themselves. Both of them had to deal with the inner turmoil from this difficult and irreparable course of fate.

Aside from the persistent and nagging thought that if it was me on that ship, how long would my hearing aid batteries last for that duration? It made me wonder if I would even bother wearing my hearing aids. As I watched the story unfold, I kept placing myself in their shoes, speculating how I would've handled it. I connected with Aurora since she was a writer and despite the insurmountable and uncomfortable odds she faced, she decided to use her talent as a valuable tool to document their lives on the ship for the crew to read.

This resounded with me since I was in the midst of writing my fifth novel and in the middle of doing my own introspection of my life. It felt like I was on a similar journey with Aurora who was trying to make sense of her life. I understood where she was coming from. This had a profound impact on me since I could easily relate to her. It also made me realize the importance of writing my story for future generations. It was a confirmation that I was doing the right thing by talking about the impact of my disability. To me, Aurora and the movie itself, was a personal message that I should continue to educate people, especially young adults, about hearing loss. Most of all, it gave me hope. 
 

Alumni interview!

September 12, 2017



I was recently contacted by Sheridan College, the first college I attended right after high school. Much to my surprise, they wanted to interview me about my life. They came across one of my posts about the release of my fourth novel and wanted to know more. Needless to say, I was blown away by their genuine interest in my work. It's times like this that I wish my mother could've seen the article. I hope that I made her proud.

I have had people ask me why it's stories like this one that mean ...
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Perspectives

August 31, 2017

I recently stumbled across one of my mother's articles that she had written in 1993 where she talks about living with a disability - I thought that this was worthwhile sharing. She was a strong and independent woman, working full time as a psychologist and raising two teenagers. It's an insightful perspective into her life at that time and still applies to this day. 

While I was in high school, she had back surgery that left her with a permanent disability. No one really knows why her surgery...

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Moving Forward

May 9, 2017
After my mother's death, I spent a LOT of time perusing books dealing with grief and the afterlife. Thankfully, my mom already had an influx of books from her psychology practice. In fact, she had her own library full of them that filled the entire wall. Soon after she had crossed over, I began choosing a variety of cool topics including Destiny of Souls and Journey of Souls by Michael Newton (which were a heavy but fascinating read - much like cramming for college exams). 



I'd also delved int...
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More Bling please!

April 8, 2017

(Earmold tubes - Etsy, BriteTubes)

After seeing numerous posts on Instagram featuring brightly decorated earmolds and hearing aids, I decided to contact Phonak and ask them where I could possibly get the colourful tubes for my BTE's. They offer a lot of gorgeous shades for their Sky V hearing aids which is for the Teen market that also gives them the freedom to pick a variety of hook and tube colours as well. Even though I do not wear Phonak, I was over the moon about their willingness to allo...
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New Life

April 5, 2017


After the sudden death of my mother, the world I knew shifted overnight. While reeling from her loss and scrambling to deal with the mountain of paperwork and funeral arrangements, it hit me in terms of just how much of a loss it was. There was now a huge void in my life. Even though we lived independent lives and ran our own home based businesses, we found a way to balance everything by helping each other. She was able to do things that I couldn't and I was there to pitch in whenever she nee...
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Thanks Air Canada

March 8, 2017


As a seasoned solo traveller, particularly one with a profound hearing loss, I've learned a few tricks to help cope with the anxiety and stress that comes with it. I've had several near misses at airports where I didn't hear the announcements for gate changes and found myself sprinting to the other side via a confusing maze of busy hallways. I always get a cold sweat whenever I approach the lounge area, wondering if I'm in the right boarding area. 

Over the years, along with frequent trips in...
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What do you mean?

January 9, 2017


To borrow the phrase from Justin Bieber's popular song "What do you mean?", I wanted to know the true meaning of the word "stigma". I reached for the heavy Dictionary and Thesaurus, flipped through the thick pages and found the description: a mark of disgrace or infamy associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. To go even further, according to the medical description it states: a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease.

So what does that mean ...

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Bling up my hearing aids please!

December 2, 2016



Everyone knows that hearing aids tend to look rather dull, after all, they are medical devices. While some companies provide a variety of colours, particularly for the kids, the majority offer a limited range, namely hair and skin tones. That’s fine for people who want to be discreet about their hearing loss. But what about the rest of us who have been wearing them for more than 20 or 30 years? We get bored, really quickly. Like myself, I discovered that it’s much more pr...


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Holiday fun

November 14, 2016


Now that Christmas is just around the corner and people are starting to put up their holiday lights, there have been a series of delightful commercials that are simply adorable. Some of they feature incredibly realistic CGI of animals and the overall story is as sweet as candy canes - definitely worth watching and sharing! They will melt your heart...go on and take a peek.

This brand new video is being featured on the JohnLewis website featuring Buster the Boxer who loves to jump.

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