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[ Story 1 - Jeff Pittman, 18 ]
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[ Story 20 - Angie & Cody ]
[ Story 21 - Dave, 39 ]
[ Story 22 - David, 53 ]
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[ Story 24 - Kayla S, 23 ]
[ Story 25 - Melissa C., 35 ]
[ Story 26 - Matt K, 21 ]
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[ Story 32 - Elizabeth Oliver, 61 ]
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[ Story 35 - Lisa A, 26 ]
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[ Story 39 - Michele C, 28 ]
[ Story 40 - Kevin Davidson, 55 ]
[ Story 41 - Kelsea F., 14 ]
[ Story 42 - Michele M, 62 ]
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[ Story 46 - Elisha D, 16 ]
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[ Story 48 - Ryan L, 17 ]
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[ Story 52 - Mike Coleman, 18 ]
[ Story 53 - Luz R, 44 ]
[ Story 54 - Mela C, 46 ]
[ Story 55 - Tyler S, 19 ]
[ Story 56 - Matt Marsteller, 46 ]
[ Story 57 - Emma-Louise M, 13 ]
[ Story 58 - Steffanie E., 49 ]
[ Story 59 - Umi H, 20 ]
[ Story 60 - Pam M, 44 ]
[ Story 61 - Lorna P, 41 ]
[ Story 62 - Kerri M, 31 ]
[ Story 63 - Bev I, 35 ]
[ Story 64 - Angela H, 17 ]
[ Story 65 - Curtis H, 32 ]
[ Story 66 - Georiga K-H, 17 ]

Georiga K-H, 17
I am now 17. Up until the age of 6 i did not talk and my mother was told that i was just being lazy. Then when we moved to Suffolk England i was diagnosed with glue ear and referred to the ENT unit at Ipswich and had a myringotomy operation in both ears and grommets inserted to drain my ears and releive the pressure on them. After that i started talking and improving in school where i was 2 years behind my peers. by the time I got to high school i had caught up and overtaken people my own age academically and although I continued to get ear infections it was not continuously as it had been. Then when i was 13/14 the same intensity returned and i started getting ear infection after ear infection, accomponnied by loss of hearing in my right ear and a foul smelling discharge i was refererd back to ENT where i was sent for exploratory surgery. A polyp was removed and i was told i had mastoiditis caused by a cholesteatoma, this was in october 2003 and by febuary 2004 i was undergoing surgery to remove it and rebuild the bones damaged by the infections, replace my eardrum with cartalige taken from the damaged bones in my ear and to restore my hearing. I was lucky to have one of the best ENT surgeons in the world Mr. M. Yung and he performed all the procedures at once. I missed alot of time off school and know that it was probably the worst pain i have ever experienced, putting the pain into words is not possible, but my hearing returned and was even better than in my other ear, despite the amount of time i missed off school i got pretty damn good GCSE results and although i returned to hospital again in april to remove the packing which had stuck to the inside of my ear where i had bled i have not had any ear related problems since. I have to return for a checkup every year in case of a reoccurance but so far so good. I find it painful to fly, go through tunnels or underwater and go in the cable carts skiing but other than that my ear situation had improved enourmously and earphones now fit really well in my right ear where it was cut open, so it wasnt all bad