Today I attended my first Disability Community Advisory Group meeting....not only as a staff member but as a consumer representative. If you had have asked me a year ago if I had a disability I would have laughed at you. Yes, my hearing was impaired even back then but it was something I refused to acknowledge nor let others know about it. Attending this meeting made me realize how far I have come. Being hard of hearing isn't something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about (as I have been in the past). This is the hand I have been dealt and it's how I choose to use it that matters most....If only I could have come to this conclusion earlier! I am proud that I get a chance to advocate for people with a hearing impairment using health services.
With the amount of time I spend attending specialist appointments, hearing tests, radiology etc I am bound to have something useful to bring to the table!