Many people ask
(my husband) before they ask me, how I became Deaf. It's a
simple story, and one that everyone always asks about.
When I was younger, I had meningitis, and the effects of having that made me Deaf.
I spent most of my younger years with other Deaf kids at the
Wisconsin State School for the Deaf (WSD) in Wisconsin, and
that's where I learned sign language, and spent most of my
younger life. I graduated from WSD in 1990 and went to
college where I met
Mike, and have been living in St. Louis ever
graduated College in 1992 in Wisconsin and we moved.
was an Interpreter for 8 years in St. Louis and helped many Deaf
people in the St. Louis area. Now he makes websites and
designs for people for companies all over and he is much
happier. I now work at WALMART in the
General Merchandise Department, and have for 8 years! Yay!
Growing up Deaf is something that is hard for me to explain tell
people about because you aren't Deaf, but I can tell you that I
have a different life than most people. I had a dog named
"Molly" who helped me live my life until recently. She was
my service dog, and did things like tell me when people are
knocking on our door and when the post man comes. She also
was able to tell me if there is a fire, or if the phone rang.
She was a pretty dog and was a Shetland Sheep dog. In
February of 2003, she was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer, and we
had to put her down on March 1st. It was very sad, and we
miss her a lot. Please be sure to also
check out the pictures of Molly Dog that I have online.
We miss her very much, and know that she is in heaven, probably
my Daddy. :)
I also, unlike a lot of people think, can't read lips very
well. Something to remember when talking to Deaf people is
that if they can't hear you, talking louder doesn't mean that
you're helping them. I like it when people write things
down for me or are able to take the time to explain things that
they are trying to tell me. Yelling what I can't read on
your lips doesn't mean that I can suddenly hear and understand
I plan to have an animated picture here to show you different
signs in the future. Visit back soon and learn sign
language with me, Gloria!