Thriving with deafness is achievable if you consciously choose to thrive rather than mourn the loss.
Thriving with Deafness. What? Thriving with Blindness is a recurring theme on TheBlindGuide but what’s this with deafness? Typo? As I mentioned last week, my very full time work with COSY has limited my opportunities to post but I am trying to take advantage of some time away to share a few marvelous stories. This post is the second of two stories of people thriving with challenges. I would never suggest that it is an easy choice but it is a choice. Why not take a chance?
My younger daughter recently made me aware of a remarkable young woman who is very clearly thriving with challenges. A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy Harvey lost her hearing in 2006-2007 at age eighteen. Ten years later, she has accomplished some amazing things as a composer and singer. Keeping in mind that most people cannot sing on pitch, imagine trying to sing accurately if you can’t even hear yourself. She has…
You can learn more about Mandy in this brief Wikipedia entry. But if you want to move past the facts, why don’t you let her amaze and astound you. Earlier this year she made it to the live performances on America’s Got Talent.
Without further ado, here is a link to that performance. If you’re anything like me, you will definitely give her an ok, in the most appropriate way: