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I'm still trying to figure out whether to identify as deaf or hard-of-hearing. I was diagnosed with a hearing-loss at age three and I don't remember life any other way. It just is what it is. There is no one like me and if I didn't have this hearing-loss, I would be completely different.
I’ve put together a time capsule, a collection of things that matter to me and I want to share that with you to tell you more about who I am. I have: a Lego piece, because I love designing buildings; a picture of me and my mom who is very supportive. This picture also shows I only live with my mother; and a Canadian wrist band, because I am Canadian.
These are all items that show what I love about life. As this collection grows, it will motivate me to move forward. I know someday I’ll learn how to deal with the difficulties of not being able to hear and look back on this time and remember what I went through.
I am currently waiting for a hearing-dog. The dog is going to help me with hearing things such as the phone, the door and alarms. I'm looking forward to having a best friend who is always there for me. The way I move through life might look different than normal able-bodied people, but that doesn't mean it's worth any less.
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