It’s taken me a long time to get around to writing this post. I’ve made several attempts and none of them have felt right. And I desperately want to get this right.
This week, I have the chance to actually do something with this blog of mine. To help change someone’s life by setting off a trail of dominos that will hopefully lead to something good.
And you have no idea how much I want that to happen…
When I was a little girl, I had to have speech therapy. I was born with a cleft palate and Marshall Stickler syndrome, which left my speech a little ‘iffy’ I suppose you could say. My parents remember it fondly – my tiny nasal voice and my inability to say things properly was adorable on a little blonde-haired girl. But for me, I found speech therapy hard. I didn’t want to sit inside and play with flash cards and discuss things with this lady I didn’t really know. I wanted to run and jump and shout and sing and do all of those things that my friends were doing.
But speech therapy gave me my voice. The very one I have today. The one that makes me pronounce words very ‘properly’. The one that means I can sing. The one that is clear enough to give me the confidence to never stop using it; never stop talking.
Conversation is everything to me. I am always trying to reach out and connect with people. My mind runs away with itself and my mouth does everything possible to keep up and when it can’t…my fingers take over and I write. I type. I scribble. I tweet. I text. I email. I communicate in words, in pictures. I share songs. I share stories, anecdotes, jokes, riddles, silliness.
I love company. I love getting to know someone. Picking their brains. It’s good to talk. It really is.
I suppose you might be wondering where I’m going with this. And I want to keep it short and apply all of the tricks of the trade to keep you engaged and make this powerful and make you think, but the truth is, true to word, I have too much to say. Please stick with me.
While many of you know me as a mum who blogs. William’s mum. That one who takes too many selfies. Or writes a lot. I am actually part of Reason Digital – a social enterprise that uses the web to change the world. And I mean that. Reason Digital is like the Superman of digital agencies.
My job there is, perhaps not surprisingly, content and social media. And, for the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard on a campaign that is very close to my heart.
heard? Whether in a room of people, where no one takes the time to listen? Or
whether your voice is ignored? Or whether you don’t have the confidence to say
what you feel?
to an incredibly expensive and hard-to-access machine?
Hospital of Neuro-disability, are unable
to communicate, unless they have access to a very expensive piece of equipment,
called Eye Gaze. Eye Gaze machines rely on eye movement alone, so patients with
locked-in syndrome and other disabilities, can find their voices again, with just the flicker of an eye.
important having a voice really is, and be inspired to give the patients at the RHN their voice again.