Wirral mum’s second memoir charts new challenges faced by deaf sons

Front cover of Tamsin Coates' A Changing Skyline

Tamsin with (left to right) son Campbell, daughter Emma, and son Cameron

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A WIRRAL mother has published a second book on new challenges of life with two deaf sons.

Tamsin Coates' well-received first book, Meanwhile I Keep Dancing, chronicled the struggles and emotions the family faced following the diagnosis that both Cameron and Campbell are profoundly deaf.

The follow-up, A Changing Skyline, details the new challenges she and the boys, now aged 11 and 13, face as they head towards being independent adults.

The cause of their deafness and associated thyroid difficulties is a genetic condition called Pendred Syndrome, which occurred because Tamsin and her first husband Lee, the boys' father, carried specific genes.

Tamsin, 37, who spent 10 years as a speech and language therapist, made the difficult decision for both her sons to have a cochlear implant, when Cameron was four and Campbell was two.

She also has a four-year-old daughter, Emma, who does not suffer from deafness, with her second husband Matt.

She is heavily involved with the Wirral Deaf Children's Society which provides support for parents.

On the new book Tamsin, who is the Teen Team co-ordinator for Wirral Deaf Children's Society (WDCS), said: "I believe A Changing Skyline will resonate with many parents whose children have changed before their eyes into young people - forming their own identity and planning for their future.

"More specifically this book and the stories shared within it hold examples which many parents of deaf children, or who have children with special needs, will identify with as they seek a way to learn to step back from holding all the control for the intervention and choices in their children's lives.

"That is a task which is made harder by the level of care and vigilance which has been needed up to this point in their lives - and learn to let go."

A Changing Skyline, published by A Friendly Ear Books 2014, is available from www.actiondeafnessbooks.org.uk and Amazon for kindle.

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