My name is Mary Grace Whalen and I am a writer who has authored over 50 published articles on hearing loss, aging and grief.  I am also a former college professor of English studies and I have an M.S. in Communication Arts with a focus on Writing for the Media.

In the past 30 years, I have experienced a progressive hearing loss, but I function well in most situations as a bilateral cochlear implant recipient.  My hearing loss has been both a curse and a blessing.  As Helen Keller once pointed out, being deaf separates people from other people. Communication is so essential to our interpersonal relationships.   The positive side to this is that I have become more humble and understanding of the plight of those on the outskirts of society. I’ve also done some of my best writing in silence.  In this silence I found my own voice.

I recently turned 70, and I am comfortable with my pearly white tresses.  As we baby boomers age, we realize what really matters.  We lose so many people by this age.  It’s a last chance to be who we really are and live our best dreams. Go for it!

I am near completion of a memoir.  It includes all new material with the exception of a few of my best blogs.  I am also working on a children’s book and will keep you posted on my progress.

There are many things that define all of us.  For me, my strong Italian roots and my hearing loss journey are deeply imbedded in the core of my being.  But I also love to explore new and fascinating cultures.

Thanks for your interest in my profile.


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