“Voices from a Silent Journey” chronicles Melodie’s personal experiences with a rare central nervous system disorder that causes chronic pain, and has affected her ability to speak. The article takes readers through her experiences as she learns to live and cope without her traditional voice, the difficult maze of specialists and medications, the helpful and harmful reactions of others and the effect on personal identity. Melodie will relate what she learned from her personal journey to her professional role in supporting people with intellectual disabilities.
Melodie Cook is currently the Operations Director for Community Living Windsor. She has held a variety of positions during her 33 years in the sector. Melodie holds a DSW Diploma and an Honours B.A. in Disability Studies. Her view of her role in the lives of people who have a disability has been shaped by both her professional and personal experiences. Her involvement in the steering committee of Advocates Against Abuse, a joint project where abuse prevention is taught to people with disabilities by people with disabilities, forced her to reflect even more on the importance of supporting people from behind.
Melodie is an avid story teller, writer and poet and finds this provides her a therapeutic way to both reflect and record her life’s journey and the lessons it has taught her. Her goal upon retirement is to pursue writing children’s books using poetry. Melodie lives in Belle River with her husband and two dogs. She has two grown children who regularly amaze her with their humanity and grace.
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