[bct] Re: Dana, Jeff and Lynnette's Experiences

  • From: "Lynnette" <superlynne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 21:15:30 -0500

Hi Mary,
As I thought about your message, I was thinking that so much harm was
inflicted back in the day.  I could be wrong.  There could be tons of stuff
happening behind closed doors that goes unreported, but we have more
agencies these days.  Well, I'd like to think that less harm is being done
by professionals anyway.

It's incredible and a testament to your strong character that you were able
to overcome such horrendous negativity.

Kudos to you and I'm glad you enjoyed the podcast.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Emerson" <maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005 10:59 AM
Subject: [bct] Dana, Jeff and Lynnette's Experiences

> Dana and Jeff and Lynnette and list,
> Your experiences are: Incredible and honest, and thanks for being so
> truthful, that's all I can say! I have mentioned previously that I was
> ridiculed and verbally abused as a child and teen, and the so-called
> thought I was retarded, which of course was their mistake; retarded people
> don't graduate from college and computer school and have a career, but I
> have gotten past that; the years and experience have gotten me past it. I
> think time is really a good healer; yes, there are things that will happen
> that bring all the memories back, and you guys have had some very rough
> times, but you survived it and as Jeff said, we're all in this together.
> Just being on this list has healed some left over anger that I had
> smoldering in the background. The support and friendship here have been so
> remarkable!
> One thing that is frightening is to lose hearing in addition to being
> I mentioned in my career cast about being deaf on one side; it just
> over a three day period; when I had it checked out, they said it's nerve
> deafness and nearly all of it is gone, and since I don't want to deal with
> cochlear implants I opted not to do anything. I had a cross-aid for years
> which took sound from the bad side and sent it to the good side, but it
> more confusing than anything else so I don't use that any more. It's scary
> because we as blind people depend on our hearing so much, and I know that
> you with good hearing can hear stereo; I am just grateful for what I have,
> and can still hear the podcasts and do the mobility I need to do. I've had
> to tell people a few times that I can't tell where sound is coming from,
> when they say "I'm over here" or "this way" and I am more outspoken about
> that; I used to try to guess where they were when I really didn't know. I
> can get lost in my own apartment if I don't have a point of reference to
> rely on, like furniture or a wall. So, do some extra hearing for me and
> enjoy it, and I'll be very glad to know you did. If you love folk or
> classical music, listen to something for me, with good stereo separation
> headphones, and I'll be glad that you can enjoy the experience. This list
> all about support, and wishing people well and thinking positive is very
> supportive.
> Mary

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