“Without realising it, I expect that most of us take our hearing for granted and rarely consider what it would be like to have diminished capacity in this particular sense. That is why when our youngest daughter Isla was diagnosed deaf a few months ahead of her 3rd birthday, our family were totally shocked and experienced a great deal of worry and uncertainty.
At first I tried to rationalise it by convincing myself that Isla wearing bi-lateral hearing aids should be as unremarkable as children wearing glasses and although there are times that I think this understates the issue, overall I believe that it is important to hold steadfast to this attitude in order for Isla to get the most out of life.
“NDCS have been an extremely positive reinforcement of the “world without barriers” mind-set and they have undoubtedly helped us significantly reduce the initial fear and anxiety that we felt after diagnosis. The support and reassurance from NDCS has been invaluable to our family and the information that they have provided us with has enhanced the assessments and therapies that we have accessed via the NHS.
“Although cycling was my sport of choice as a teenager I have struggled for time more recently because of work and family commitments so running has offered the quickest burst of exercise and, as many of the experts proclaim, has become somewhat addictive providing a regular purge for the daily stresses of life.
As I am turning 40 this year I was already considering undertaking a memorable challenge and a few of my friends suggested a sky dive but I ticked that off the “bucket list” many years ago while living in America . So by trying to raise money for NDCS I now have all the motivation I will ever need to run the London Marathon in April 2016.
26.2 miles will require every ounce of physical and mental strength I have but knowing how much deaf children progress with the help of NDCS will make any amount of exertion worth it and I would like to send a huge heart felt thank you to all those who have donated generously to my fundraising effort.
How you can help
You can help Graham raise as much as possible for NDCS by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page. Or if you’re inspired to take on a challenge for this great charity, you can set up your own fundraising page.