Blog - Catherines story

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"[At a makeover] I realized [the resident I was speaking to] was part deaf and couldn't fully understand what I was saying to her. I noticed she had a notepad in her hand and I asked her if I could use it. During our talk we realized that she and I both grew up in [the same town]. Just as I was about to go, she pulled me aside and said, 'You were wonderful with me. I know it is very hard to speak to me and that is why many people who visit don't talk with me. You have a wonderful gift.' This experience helped me understand what my goal in life will be. I will be going to college next year to study speech pathology/audiology, so that I can help the people in the community who have a trouble communicating. I thank Margaret and her wonderful compliment because she set the path for my life, and I will always remember her kindness and patience."

"Hello, how are you doing this fine day?!" This was the welcome I gave this one woman resident. From across the room, I could tell this woman just wanted some company.

I asked again, "Do you want to get your nails done?" She didn't respond. Although she smiled and made eye contact with me, I realized she was part deaf and couldn't fully understand what I was saying to her. After talking with her, I became a little discouraged because I knew she was trying very hard to hear me.

I noticed she had a notepad in her hand and I asked her if I could use it. She welcomed the idea! During our talk, I caught that her name was Margaret and we realized that she and I both grew up in Westfield, NJ. Margaret was delighted to speak with me about her childhood and compare the specific landmarks in the town. Just as I was about to go, Margaret pulled me aside and said to me, "You were wonderful with me. I know it is very hard to speak to me and that is why many people who visit don't talk with me. You have a wonderful gift." This statement blew me away. I, who only spent an hour with this woman, was being called a deaf whisperer! I accepted the compliment with great pleasure. This experience helped me understand what my goal in life will be. I will be going to college next year to study speech pathology/audiology, so that I can help the people in the community who have a trouble communicating. I thank Margaret and her wonderful compliment because she set the path for my life, and I will always remember her kindness and patience.

- Catherine, GlamourGals Volunteer

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