I am Rosi Adendorff.
I am 60 years old and live in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Stellenbosch
is one of the most beautiful towns in the Western part of the country.
It is beknowned for it's excellent university, it's beautiful oak
trees and it's historic buildings.
Before we moved here in November 2000, we lived in Newcastle for
18 years. Newcastle is a smallish town in the province of Kwa-Zulu
Natal and is situated at the foot of the Northern part of the mighty
Drakensberg mountains. It is 350 kilometres from both Johannesburg
and Durban (in different directions).
My mother tongue is Afrikaans, one of the 11 official languages
of this country. I know it sounds ridiculous, but before we got
a new government in 1994, there were only two official languages
namely Afrikaans and English. When the new government was elected,
the nine most prevalent indigenous languages were also made official
languages. Afrikaans is a wonderful expressive, lively and creative
language that is used by 60% of the population.
Creating with my hands or with words, are activities that I love.
I have tried my hand at a lot of things, but presently I keep myself
busy with scrapbooking, making patchwork blankets, painting and
I used to love music and played the organ and piano accordion when
I was younger and before I lost all my hearing. After my cochlear
implants, I am slowly discovering the joys of music once more and
my CD collection is growing slowly but surely. I also love reading
To keep myself fit, I love activities like swimming, walking and
I am a different person now than I have been for the
first 50 years of my life. I have started a whole new life in a
world of sound. My perception of life has changed in the sense that
I now look at people and the environment with greater appreciation.
I am more thankful for things I accepted earlier as a matter of
course. Because I love people and making conversation, it is a miracle
that I am now once more able to be part of it all. I am a positive
person and my mottos in life are 'Think positive' and, 'There is
always something worse that could have happened.'
Having been deaf since I was 3 years old, discovering the internet
opened a new world of communication to me. It became a way of life
which also opened the door to my journey back to the hearing world.
Here I have found out about Cochlear implants as well as all the
information which led me to explore the possibilities of having