‘Own It!’ Episode 14: Vicki Fourie
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Vicki Fourie
Tonight on Own It! We catch up with Vicki Fourie, former Miss Deaf SA, who’s now a writer and motivational speaker. Tonight, she has a special message for parents…

Vicki Fourie defines her life by the quote 'Courage isn't a gift, it's a decision.' Even though she has 97% hearing loss, she learnt from an early age how to speak like a hearing person and she excels in lip-reading as means of communication. Vicki is a former Miss Deaf South Africa 2009, as well as Miss Deaf International 2010 1st Princess. Currently, she's a motivational speaker.

Find out how to book her for your event at: http://vickifourie.com/

Transcript of talk:

Are You Doing The Right Thing?

Good evening everyone. I’m Vicki Fourie and I’m a former Miss Deaf South Africa, and now I’m a motivational speaker and published writer.

Tonight, my message is for all the parents out there. 

My parents found out that I had 97% hearing loss when I was two years old. I was their first-born child, and it came as quite a shock to both my parents. I’m sure they felt overwhelmed and scared sometimes. 

I’m sure they sometimes asked themselves what they did wrong or whether it was their fault that I had this hearing loss. They did absolutely nothing wrong. It is life, and sometimes life happens to us. 

My parents had to make a lot of huge decisions about my life, such as whether to use sign language to communicate with me or teach me how speak like a hearing person. 

Sometimes people would come up to my parents, my mom especially, and tell her, ‘The poor child. Why didn’t you put her in a deaf school instead of a hearing school?!’ 

But my parents had a different vision for my life, and it’s okay when other people don’t understand the vision. They don’t see what you see. They don’t experience what you experience. 

I was in Bethlehem recently and I met a young mother who has a 10-year-old son with bilateral cochlear implants. I went up to her and told her, ‘You are doing a good job.’ She just started crying and told me that she sometimes doubts herself and how she wasn’t always sure whether her son was happy or not. 

So tonight I just want to celebrate all the parents. 

You might be the parent of a child with Downs Syndrome, autism, or even a child with a hearing disability or visual impairment. There’s a lot of parents in this world that has children with challenges. It could even be a learning disability. 

You are doing a good job. You are making good choices. It might not feel like it. I know your children loves you, even though they might not always show it or even tell you that. 

I love and honour my parents tonight, for the choices they made, for being brave and bold and daring to go into the unknown. It takes a brave person to parent a child, and you are doing great. Good job, parents.

Remember, if you have a question for any of our Own It contributors, you can send it to ownit@ofm.co.za. Next week we hear more from former OFM presenter, Irene Fischer.


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