It’s been a whirlwind summer and hard to believe we are now into August, Wow! I’m trying to absorb all the wonderful things that have come my way the last two months. When they say you need to stop and smell the roses….Well, that’s what I’m doing right now because I don’t want to forget what an amazing summer this has been!
In June, I went to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend my first HLAA/Hearing Loss Association of America National Convention (it was also my first visit to Salt Lake)
– Four glorious days spent with people like me, hard of hearing. It was the first time (since hearing loss) that I felt so completely comfortable and at ease. I wasn’t worried about ‘hearing’ or ‘not hearing’. Not sure if that makes sense to those of you that are hearing……..On any normal day, I’m surrounded by people who forget I don’t hear very well and the burden is on me to catch everything being said – it gets exhausting. So for 4 days at the HLAA convention, everything is hearing loss friendly –workshops and evening events all captioned – the stress of having to hear every word is gone. On top of that, I hung out with and got to know some of my hearing loss friends better as well as meet a bunch of pretty amazing people!
I kicked off the month of July with our second hearing loss chapter support group meeting in Tempe, Arizona, which I lead for the Phoenix area working adults.
We had a really good turnout and an engaging audience of people that came to learn about a technology lending program we have here called AzTAP/Arizona Technology Access Program. It’s because of this wonderful group, I am able to find support and learn about programs in my community. The icing on the cake is meeting people and growing my “tribe” of hearing loss friends.
Closed out July spending time in Indiana with my family (it was my husband’s first visit). The week was filled with activity and lots of wonderful food – Speaking of, we took my husband to an Amish home for dinner and we indulged BIG TIME!
As a matter of fact, I don’t think I can ever have another slice of store bought bread, because the Amish bread we had sent my taste buds to another dimension! Aside from the food, I can’t tell you how special it was to have time and reconnect with my family and meet up with old friends – some I haven’t seen in over 10 years!
It’s definitely been the summer of friends and family. I have some really exciting things coming in August, which I will share with you SOON!