"The first time I can remember realizing that my hearing loss was causing issues at school, I was in second grade. I didn't hear the teacher tell the class an assignment was due the next day. When I didn't turn it in, I was made to stand against a wall during recess. By fourth grade, I was diagnosed with hearing loss.
It impacted every aspect of my school work. Some more obvious than others. I was always the shy, insecure hearing-impaired girl who was too afraid to stand up for myself or even raise my hand in class because I was embarassed - embarassed about missing important parts of lectures, for not understanding what the other kids understood and thinking I wasn't smart.
I always kind of convinced myself that I was ditzy because I couldn't hear or that I was just a little slow sometimes. I had convinced myself that I wasn't worthy. As it turns out, that was never true. I was just young and needed some support."
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