Kathryn Edwards: I Had No Idea I Was Missing So Much
Kathryn explains why getting the hearing aid was such an emotional experience.
This was an exciting week for me for several reasons.
First and foremost, my ear doctor's appointment for my hearing aid. I want to clarify with everyone who might have questions about this device...I am still completely deaf in my right ear. The device is called The Phonak CROS. It picks up sound on my deaf side and transmits the sound to the ear I can hear with. So now, when someone sits on the right side (my deaf ear) and talks, I can hear them.
Also, it magnifies the sound of everything, making it as close to what a person with normal hearing would hear.
As you saw in the episode, it brought me to tears. I had no idea I was missing so much. I have been deaf in one ear for 18 years now, and I have missed a lot of conversations because I simply couldn't hear. I was so surprised by all the little things I was missing.
I had no idea that I was talking loudly. Losing the sound in one ear is a monumental change...so many things adjust when getting used to being deaf and adjusting the volume of my voice was a change I couldn't gage until I got the Phonak.
By no means does this mimic what it's like to hear in stereo, with two ears, but it is still a game changer for me. I feel so blessed that this was an option and I was able to get the Phonak aid.
My biggest hurdle now is remembering to wear it every day. There are days that I want to hear without assistance on my good ear, so I choose not to wear it, but I think I will change that habit, because I want to get used to them completely.
I am so happy to share this with everyone, so hopefully this can help someone else.
On to Camille's house for her fundraiser to raise awareness on endometrial cancer. I have to say, I don't know Camille well but what I have seen of her has been great. I love the courage she has had after hearing of her battle against cancer, and I really admire her strength. I was so happy to be a part of the night and support her work on making a difference. What a great event!
I have to add a side note. I absolutely LOVE Yolanda's haircut! Someday I will have short hair again. I love that smart, clean look. Super sexy!
On to the fight against Yulin! I was so happy to donate my time to Lisa VDP and her cause in bringing awareness to stop this barbaric festival. I grew up and have lived with dogs my whole life, and I cannot understand why anyone would torture and eat mans best friend. I will never understand this practice. If your stomach can handle it, seeing one video of the treatment of the dogs they kill will light a fire under you, but I warn you, it's very difficult to look at.
Sign petitions where you can and speak up.
And finally, on to New York! Yolanda is getting an award in New York for her work in bringing awareness to Lyme disease. I am so happy to be able to attend the Global Lyme Alliance in support of her. It felt really good to be there, see her smiling and surrounded by people who love her and want to see her well. Next week's episode is an eye opener for those who aren't familiar with Lyme disease, and I think the message is very important.
There was a lot of love there, I saw it and felt it...I was happy to be a part of it.
As always, I want to end on a positive note and say that there may be drama and bickering on the show but there is also a lot of great work that gets done by this dynamic group of women. I am working on a charity event in Los Angeles that is very near and dear to my heart, and I look forward to sharing it with you when we get further along in the planning.
In the meantime, I ask in a humble way to those that have the time...give your time to a good cause, make a difference where you can. Your good deeds will do as much for you as they do for others.
"The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others".
Until next week...