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Good luck Helen!

My sister, Helen, has the grand ‘switch on’ of her cochlear implant today at 9.30am UK time. I wish I could go and see her, but it is a long way from Wuxi to Brighton. In fact, I feel quite a long way from home at the moment.

For people reading this who aren’t lucky enough to know my little sister, it’s enough to say that she is the coolest, cleverest, most tenacious person you could ever hope to meet. She is also very beautiful, but that is a general family trait.

As I understand it, learning to work with an implant is hard and the results aren’t guaranteed. However, I know Helen doesn’t do things by halves, so it will be exciting to see how she gets on. I will be giving all the support I can from 6,000 miles away.