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Family Physician Pens Memoir About Growing Up Deaf

Dr. Justus Peters hopes to inspire readers to achieve their dreams, despite the obstacles and challenges they face, in “A Walk in My Moccasins: Memoirs of a Deaf Physician”.

May 30, 2012 - AUSTIN, Texas - Like most, Dr. Justus Peters knows it took a lot to get him where he is today. In “A Walk in My Moccasins: Memoirs of a Deaf Physician” (ISBN 1470007053), he highlights how he discovered he was deaf and how his condition played out as he went on to obtain a medical degree.

In the beginning, Peters takes readers back to his childhood as he struggles to understand the easiest of tasks and commands. All he can think is why does everyone around him seem to be whispering. As his frustration grows to shame, Peters takes to memorizing how the tongue, lips and teeth look as they make different sounds. When he is able to hear anything, it shocks him, especially when it involves his father’s screams. Right by his side is his mother who always reassures him that everything is going to be okay.

Peters credits this motherly love and guidance as the vote of confidence that kept him going when things grew difficult. Eventually, he went on to earn his medical degree and train at various hospitals across Texas. Now a successful family practitioner, Peters knows that he wouldn’t have been able to survive any of his life’s trials if it weren’t for his persistence and his mother’s unwavering support.

“I pray that ‘A Walk in My Moccasins’ gives others the hope to continue on with their dreams,” Peters says. “I’ve been blessed to experience firsthand that having a disability does not limit your chance for success in America. I want to give something back to a society that gave me the chance to succeed and achieve my dreams.”

Peters hopes that his memoir inspires, comforts and supports readers as they work toward their personal dreams, regardless of whether or not they have a disability. Having achieved his dreams, the family physician knows the impossible is always possible with a little dedication, hard work and support.

“A Walk in My Moccasins: Memoirs of a Deaf Physician” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

About the Author:

Dr. Justus Peters is a family physician who cares for patients in the range of pediatrics to geriatrics. An avid reader and writer for most of his life, he finally completed “A Walk in My Moccasins: Memoirs of a Deaf Physician” to highlight the difficulties of becoming a doctor due to his deafness. He lives in Texas with his wife, and the two have many children: two human children, three cats, two dogs and a fish. Peters earned a medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in 2005. He went on to intern at Texas Tech Health Sciences and trained in family medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital. When he’s not working in his clinic or moonlighting in the ER, he writes a weekly column for the community paper.