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Single Mom with deaf teen looking for support

ANONYMOUS April 1, 2009, 8:29 pm
Hello everyone, my name is Jane Sutton and I’m a 47 year-old single mom with three daughters. I never imaged in my life that I would be learning Sign Language, especially at my age, but my teenage twins acquired a rare disorder that has left one of them deaf.
Like most teenagers, Meredith wants to belong, but now has to adjust to a radical new way of life. The twins and I attended some ASL classes at the community college, but I withdrew early on. I simply couldn’t keep up; my brain isn’t as spry as the girls.
I’ve decided to go ahead and get started on a new path to learning with this program. My expectations are to be better equipped in communicating with Meredith, as well as those in our local Deaf Community. It’s been a huge transition in our lives and I hope soon things we’ll start to go smoothly. While I’ve read a few posts, it doesn’t seem like there’s anyone else with a situation like mine. I would love to hear from someone with similar circumstances; it would make it seem like less of a challenge when there are other people like you. Thank you for your time, Jane.
Single Mom with deaf teen looking for support
Jake July 8, 2009, 1:06 am
Hi there,

you are right, you just never know what's around the corner in life. It sounds as though you have adjusted to the new situation well.
How old are your twins?
I hope people get in touch with you, having a support network is worth so much.
Good luck!
Single Mom with deaf teen looking for support
calma September 27, 2010, 3:44 pm
Good luck to you. It seems harder to learn as we get older. I just turned 50 and started to learn ASL two years ago when my husband and I met Tanny,(who was born deaf) our friend lives on an island where not many people know ASL. I am British so knew a little BSL. Still a thing that may help the old brain is Niacinimida OR niacin, just a B Vitamin so it will not hurt to give it a go. I take it a few times a day...Just in cast it works. I must say I do seem to remember things a little easier. Enjoy and good luck to you and your family. Love Linda.
Single Mom with deaf teen looking for support

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