How to be Grateful.

Being grateful is something that I have to conscientiously think about and channel. It is not an emotion that comes easily to me.

And in a week that saw one of my best friends lose her brother in tragic circumstances, and a family friend lose her house in yesterdays bush-fires, it is easy to become angry at the world.

But I do have a daily reminder about being grateful, in the shape of a 7 year old boy.

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When Jack was born, he was just 2 days old when he was diagnosed with a significant hearing loss. The next few months were a blur, as I drive my baby around to dozens of appointments in my quest to find a specialist who would tell me that it was all a big mistake and Jack’s hearing was fine.

I never found that specialist.

Mr Woog took it upon himself to sit up, night after night on the couch as he was unable to sleep, such was his worry.

In the end, we accepted the diagnosis and thought… WHAT THE FUCK DO WE DO NOW?

And that is when the miracle that is The Shepherd Centre came into our lives.

The Shepherd Centre is a charity that helps teach deaf babies to speak. They support parents and families in all areas of their journey and do so on the smell of an oily rag.

To say that The Shepherd Centre changed our lives is putting it mildly. The staff held me as I wept when we hit little milestones. Jack began to move from small sounds, to words, to sentences and, at the end of the 5 years, he was regularly leading the singing group. He graduated and was able to attend mainstream school.

Grateful in spades people!

Today is The Shepherd Centres major fundraising day, Loud Shirt Day. And if you enjoy reading this blog and can spare a few bucks, then that would be terrific.

And of course I am wearing my loudest shirt!

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That is something to be grateful about. Thank you xxx