Welcome To My Blog...

This blog follows my journey of 2 different cochlear implants and my condition: Multiple mitochondrial DNA deletions I have started this blog 15 yrs too late but ill try my best to fit it all in! I have packed a lot of medical jargon into my life since I was 8.

There has been happiness and tears but I've come through it all with my family and my friends.I'm profoundly deaf as a result of a condition called Multiple mitochondrial DNA deletions or mitochondrial disease RRM2B as my professor Sir Dough Turnbull calls it! I have had since birth but I didn't find out this til I was 19. I have had 2 cochlear implants (at the age of 8 and then i lost the 1st cochlear implant in my right ear after 7 years due to a bad, accruing ear infection (which I couldnt fight off because of my mitochondrial condition) at the age of 15 and had a 2nd one implanted in my left ear that same year which I have now.

My Story

10 August 2008

Listening For Life Appeal

The Ear Trust is trying to raise money for the Listening For Life Appeal and hopes to provide a new home for Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service in Bradford UK. I for one will be supporting this appeal as I am grateful for the chance to hear again. I would love for the YCIS to make it possible to give more deaf or hard of hearing adults and children the chance to learn about cochlear implants & to hear again. The Ear Trust hopes to raise £2 million to build this new centre which will give a greater chance of helping more people. I will look forward to seeing this new centre in 2009.

If you think you can help in any way to raise money for the Listening for Life Appeal, please go Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service website (
YCIS) to find out more. The will send you a CD with what exactly the cause is for and how you can help.

Thank you.
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