This situation is the reality for many parents of deaf children. Lucy was diagnosed as moderately deaf at 9 months old. 90 per cent of deaf children are born to hearing parents with no experience of deafness and I also had no experience. So I had to start from the beginning and learn as much as I could.
Why haven't we heard these stories? There's no doubt that Britain's deaf athletes suffer not only from the chronic lack of funding but also from the lower profile of the Deaflympics. I argued after last summer's games that the Paralympics were a missed opportunity for deaf athletes, but we've just seen another missed opportunity in the lack of coverage in mainstream media for these Deaflympics.
My father has never left the tiny corner of Mumbai in which he lives. He was born deaf, at a time when being disabled meant you were condemned to a limited formal education. His trip, stressful and unforgettable, helped me see London - and my father - differently. With Father's Day coming up, it helped us look at my dad through clear, unsentimental eyes of grown up adults.
The final of the 2012 World Snooker Championship featured only one champion: Ronnie O'Sullivan. But it featured two heroes.