To the readers who have read my first book Life and Deaf published in April 2004. this new story will answer their desire to know what happened to our daughter Rosemary who became deaf at the age of two years due to an overdose of streptomycin, and her progress thereafter despite eminent specialists suggesting her only vocabulary would be 'singing" and her speech would be very limited.
It was always our hope and indeed our determination to see she grew up to be a happy, self-confident and friendly adult, one who would be welcomed by the rest of society as a normal, capable and totally trustworthy individual. I think this is the ideal of any parents of a disabled child.
We were so very fortunate that with the teaching of her wonderful teachers at St John's School for the Deaf in Boston Spa allied to her own wonderfully straightforward resilient nature, our goal appeared to have been reached by the close of my first book. This was in spite of many early battles, which I must stress often ended in terrible tears and tantrums.
The previous book closed on the day Rosemary married Steve, a day that was such a triumph for us as we heard Rosemary, who had been unable to say a single word from the age of two until she was seven, standing in Church and making her wedding vows for all to hear.
This book continues the saga!