I have reached my ten-year anniversary for landing a cover feature on the Hearing Loss Magazine Nov/Dec 2011 issue. It’s been an amazing journey since then. We’ve expanded to over 33,000 members, redesigned our website (DeafandHoH.com) to better serve the community, and welcomed countless student interns each semester. With their amazing talent, we’ve expanded beyond our wildest dreams.
My social life has changed throughout the decade. I connected with a previous coworker at PowerSports Network who was a mentor and a caring friend. I worked hard to stay in touch but she slowly drifted away over the years. It was a disappointment because I shared my utmost personal experience (dealing with social anxiety) and she helped me deal with a broken friendship. Still, I stay connected with other people from that company who remain my long-lasting friends. I didn’t realize back then just how important they were. Today, I don’t take anyone for granted.
I face plenty of social challenges and strive to overcome obstacles that come my way. Sometimes it feels never-ending, but I stay positive. A quote I read recently reminded me of this. For my birthday, my sister got Thai food for me and my family. On the bag the food came in was a message. It read: “Change your world. Here’s your chance.” That was just what I needed.
It wasn’t just some traditional inspirational quote. It truly made me feel good to read that. I know that my dreams for writing a novel and sharing my personal story to millions of people in the world will come true one day. It’s just a matter of time.
I will make it happen.