Oliver Sacks’ Seeing Voices is a remarkable book about deaf culture, and my own reaction is one of major gratitude. The book was written in 1989 when students at Gallaudet University protested about the appointment of a hearing president. The students made many demands, including that sign language be used in classrooms and not just in dormitories. I’m mostly amazed that they managed to have their voices heard even though they had no voices. I’m moved by the sentiment that says that deaf people aren’t disabled, but instead have a majorly privileged mentality to share with the world. I’m inspired to think about how I might make a similar statement about my own disability with speaking.
I’m starting a campaign to raise awareness about meningitis. I’m managing to recruit many other children who have meningitis stories too. I’m looking for volunteers who had either viral or bacterial meningitis to join me in the project. My plan is to work with you to design various multimedia messages that spread important advice: to get vaccinated and to get treatment fast. If you join me you will get to help create the beneficial messages and to help spread them too. I’m hoping to get many volunteers to join me in making a difference in fighting this disease. You can email me at email@example.com if you want to participate. Many thanks.
I’ve been making great progress on the Appalachian Trail! So far we’ve gone 23.5 miles. Maybe we’ll be in Georgia doing this sometime before the corona virus is over! I think everyone should have something like this to cope with life now. I would go totally crazy without it! You should maybe post a picture for America to see. Here’s one of me! Tell me about it, too!
Meningitis is not going to stop me! I’m going to have to have a lot of patience with how long it will take to get my voice heard since many meningitis managers have not responded to my emails, and I’m getting discouraged. Maybe I can make my own meningitis messages that reflect my experience with the meningitis mentality and mannerisms. I’m hoping Mommy and Daddy will help me make meningitis messages, and that Mommy will make an effort to mentally shift her attitude about my meningitis messaging. Maybe I can write a campaign to raise awareness about meningitis featuring other children with meningitis who won’t be able to say their stories because of their injuries. I want to meaningfully make a message that will make many people manage to change their views about meningitis. Thanks for reading!
I’m relaunching my blog as Meningitis and My Brain to indicate that I am now refocused on fighting meningitis, which was responsible for my brian damage when I was one month old. I’m majorly interested in the disease, including its history. I will be posting about my effort to make a difference in meaningfully stopping its spread and impact on people’s lives. I want to make connections with other people who have suffered from meningitis in their lives, and make a contribution to managing to make meningitis rare. I would love your help as I embark on this new mission.
Here’s looking forward to understanding from my new classmates.
Many things are racing through my head. My bet is that I’ll love middle school and it will open many doors for me. I’m excited to join some clubs and enjoy again how it feels to be whoever you want to be without people expecting you to be a certain way. I can’t wait to start fresh!
How many times have you wanted to say something but been nervous and stayed quiet? Say you have an idea but just can’t think of how to describe it. How do you feel? Maybe another person doesn’t manage to understand how you talk. You probably feel bad, right?
Remember that when you’re around me. I feel those things all the time. Mainly I ask that you have patience and give me time to write. I am so much better at communicating that way. You give me that chance and you’ll see how nice and smart I am. Maybe make me your friend and you may manage to get used to these things about me. After a while, you won’t notice how I communicate.
Mainly I ask that you don’t make me talk about many things but do some talking to me. Tell me about yourself and what you like and anything interesting.
Please don’t treat me like a baby. It will make me all mad if you do. I’m super smart and can easily understand what you say. How about you just pretend I can talk and treat me the same as everyone else? I’m really a nice guy
My memory is miraculous. I can remember being born and getting meningitis when I was one month old. Maybe you think this is a miraculous memory, but it is very debilitating. My memory is a burden on me for making progress. I can’t forget my past and I meaningfully need to forget. My memory has prevented me from making meaningful changes to my mentality. Meaning I need to leave behind my mentality. Memory has an anchoring effect. My memory is a gift and a curse. I hope to learn to forget the hard times I have had so I can be an optimist about my future again!
I’m mostly feeling better about middle school. Mom and I got to ask Keller about her schedule and how things work. Homework time with Mrs. G is going to be awesome and will be what motivates me to get many things done. We’re going to have our own workspace I’m thinking in the library to study. No more gym which I’m awful at and no language which requires lots of talking. And I’m going to love music class. You made it, mom, how I wanted. You’re amazing. And I’m amazing too for making the plan all detailed.
Here’s a letter I wrote to an awesome scientist (Dr. Jessica Hellmann) I want to learn from:
Dear Dr. Hellmann,
I would like to visit your lab. My mom read an article about you and your Institute. I emphatically agree that we need to adapt to climate change and make amendments to our ways of living and managing more methodolically. Would I be able to a make a visit to your lab? I am a 10-year-old and majorly excited to meet you. Maybe I could help out somehow with your work at the Institute.