A new life

A Major Score in my Life ... What is wrong on one side of my life becomes a positive cause on the other.  My former girlfriend (and no I am not dwelling on my past, at least not entirely) has a profound hearing loss. She is about 95 percent deaf or hearing impaired. Through our relationship, I became aware of the issue of hearing loss and learned a lot about the deaf culture. Several people from all over the world also got to see a music video I produced that is done in sign language (ASL), which I also learned so that I could communicate easier with my then girlfriend. She thought it was cool, too! But we ended up splitting up after 12 years, and that was probably the most painful time of my life.  Recovering from a broken relationship, especially when it was as strong and beautiful as the one we had, is no easy task. But it also energized me on the flip side. My girlfriend's hearing impairment has become my cause. That has turned into a very positive energy in my life and presented me with a new sort of hope for what my life is about now. Welcome to my cause: I HELPED SOMEONE HEAR (IHSH). I have started this organization as a resource for improving the lives of people who have any form of hearing loss. It is truly exciting and has become even more exciting since yesterday morning. A few months ago, I heard of another non profit organization that provides hearing, speech and language services for people with hearing loss. They have a lot of focus on children. And they see hearing loss as more than just not hearing perfectly. It's also about speaking and being able to understand others when you can't hear perfectly. This organization provides help to children in various schools and they provide hearing tests and analysis from top notch audiologists and provide top of the line hearing aids for children - and they do it at no cost. How amazing!  Where do I come in through IHSH? I will help this non profit organization raise a lot of money over the next 12 months so that they can continue doing the good work they do now. I presented my campaign of IHSH to them yesterday morning, to the president of the non profit organization. He liked the concept and wants to pursue it with me as IHSH. This is a major event in my life and I look forward to achieving the funding goals. It isn't a question of "will we" - we know we will raise the money. Once this campaign gets launched in the next few weeks, I will post it here and everyone can see it on its official web site.  This fund raising event will allow me to do the same thing for hopefully lots of other organizations who HELP OTHERS TO HEAR.  I like my new life.  

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That \'s wonderful Willie, I wish you the best in getting this program off the ground. I haven\'t told you but I have been teaching myself ASL for 2 years now. I don\'t know why and don\'t question it (totally, ha). I just figure maybe someone is going to come into my life where the ASL will come in handy. I use a site online to learn at my own pace. Keep us posted. Constance
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shea

That is wonderul Willie,i am very proud of you!!!! I wish you the very best for this program and getting it off the ground.I have a girlfriend that is deaf,and she has taught me a enough of the ASL to get by with.I don\'t see her everyday ,so i don\'t use mine all the time.I think what you are doing is great and please keep us posted on how everything is coming along.Hugsss,shea..........
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Deaf culture is really different and im glad you got interested in it.
you have made something positive come out the experiance
goood luckkkkk :}