My guests will be the co-authors of this beautiful story and which is set against the backdrop of Deaf America. Finding Zoe is an uplifting story of hope, adoption, and everyday miracles.
Brandi was just 6 when spinal meningitis took away her hearing. Because she spoke well and easily adjusted to lip reading, she was mainstreamed in school and socialized primarily in the hearing community. Brandi was a popular, happy teen, but being fully part of every conversation was an ongoing struggle. She felt caught between two worlds—the Deaf and the hearing.
In college, Brandi embraced Deaf Culture along with the joys of complete and effortless communication with her peers. Brandi went on to become Miss Deaf America in 1988 and served as a spokesperson for her community. It was during her tenure as Miss Deaf America that Brandi met Tim, a leader of the Gallaudet Uprising in support of selecting the university’s first Deaf president. The two went on to marry and had three hearing boys—the first non-deaf children born in Tim’s family in 125 years.
Brandi was incredibly grateful to have her three wonderful sons, but couldn't shake the feeling something was missing. She didn't know that Zoe, a six-month-old Deaf baby girl caught in the foster care system, was desperately in need of a family unafraid of her different needs. Brandi found the answer to her prayers when fate brought her new adopted daughter into her life.
Gail Harris is an author who specializes in writing books for others. A story-teller at heart, Gail began telling stories for her clients as an award-winning advertising copywriter. She left Madison Ave. and, after a couple of stops along the way, including a stint at a yoga ashram, formed her own writing company. Her first book, entitled, Your Heart Knows the Answer, teaches us how to trust the true voice of our hearts by learning how to distinguish it from the thoughts, emotions and constant inner chatter that is inside our heads. She says that she wrote the book because “we teach what we need to learn.”
Those very skills would help Gail immensely during a very difficult time. Gail was able to realize that the incredibly traumatic experience of losing her twins in premature labor was also a miracle, in that it led her to adopt the baby who was meant to be her son. She tells her story in a riveting blog post featured in Scary Mommy.
Her most recent book, entitled Finding Zoe whose Foreword was written by Academy-Award-Winner Marlee Matlin , is her co-author’s memoir, a former Miss Deaf America named Brandi Rarus. The story tells of Brandi’s not-to-be-believed journey to self-acceptance, and to finding her daughter who she adopted who is also deaf.
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Friday, April 3rd
@ 10 am PT | 11 am MT | 12 pm CT | 1 pm ET | 6 pm GT
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