Interview With Sue Thomas!

Hey,
 I was recently able to do an interview with the REAL Sue Thomas!  I first found out about Sue Thomas from watching the tv-show based on her life - Sue Thomas FBEye. Now for those of you who have never heard of her or of the tv-show, Sue Thomas is deaf.  Let me tell you a little bit about her.

"Sue Thomas is profoundly deaf. But nothing can keep this indominable woman from living her life to the fullest. At the age of 18 months Sue Thomas suffered an instant and total loss of sound. Her devastated parents were told that little Sue would never amount to anything and they should put her in an institution. Her parents made a lifetime vow to do whatever it would take to enable their only daughter to become successful in the 'hearing world'. It took years with speech-therapists to develop her voice. While learning to communicate, Sue Thomas became an expert lip-reader.
As the only deaf child in her public school district, Sue Thomas was misunderstood by her teachers. Although she sat in the front row so she could see the lips of her teachers, much of what happened in the classroom was lost to her. Kids tormented her in the hallways and on the playground. As her world began to spiral downward, Sue Thomas spent more and more time at the skating rink. With the help of determined coach, 7 year old Sue Thomas became the youngest Ohio State Champion free-style skater in skating history.
In spite of the difficulties in the classroom, Sue Thomas applied herself in college and finally graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs. After months of job searching, Sue Thomas heard that the FBI was looking for deaf people. Her wildest hopes finally came true when she was hired to work in undercover surveillance reading lips for the FBI agents in Washington DC.
In 2002 the TV series, SUE THOMAS:FBEYE was released. Inspired by Thomas' unique job for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the weekly drama helps to bring more awareness to the lives and abilities of those facing physical challenges. With over 3 million viewers in the US, the popular series has also been syndicated in 64 nations around the world.
But Sue Thomas' compelling story is not finished. In 2001 on her way to speaking engagement in Dallas, she felt a numbness creeping up from her fingers to the top of her head. She managed to deliver her speech to 10,000 people before going to the emergency room. It was her first experience with Multiple Sclerosis, but not her last. Living with MS has become one of Sue's greatest challenges. "Fighting it is a waste of precious energy." she says. It is only by embracing my MS that I learn life's greatest lessons."

So without further ado here is the interview!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Born in 1950 and raised in Youngstown, Ohio with three older brothers. Lost my hearing due to unknown causes at 18 months of age. Attended public schools where I was put in the slow learners class. 

I became a champion skater and a classical pianist aside from enjoying fishing and other sports. Through private tutoring my academics improved where I graduated from college in 1976 from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in Political Science and International Relations and did post graduate work in counseling.

I am the author of two books and an international keynote speaker where aside from Japan, Germany, Canada, Holland I will speak in India this October. I have spoken in every state of America except Utah and hope to do that state someday soon.

The TV series was shown to some 2 million people here in the United States and is shown in 68 nations around the world.

2. When did you get saved?
 I went to the foot of the Cross and surrender my all at the age of 35 years old - it was 1985 while I was in seminary.

3. We noticed in the first episode of Sue Thomas FBEye you have brothers, did you have any siblings in real life?
 I have three older brothers.

4. What sparked your desire to work for the FBI?
 I had no desire to work for the FBI or even thought of it. The FBI sought me.

5. How long were you with the FBI?
Three years and six months

6. Was Levi as much of a character as he is on the show?
the real Levi was such an awesome dog - a real "Gentleman" and so loving!!! Much more of a character then the tv Levi. I didn't get Levi until after I left the FBI and after seminary.

7. What is something most people don't know about you?
The depth of my love for my Lord and Savior.

8. What is your favorite Bible verse?
Hosea 14:1-8

9. What is your advice for any young person who has what they see as hard to reach goals? 
 You can do all things thru Christ who strengthens you and to remember that the power of God who is behind you is far greater then any tasks before you.

Sue, thank you so much for doing this it was an honer!! Readers, I hope you enjoyed!  If you'd like you can go check out Sue's website and you can also check out the website the creators of the tv-show have. 
Thanks for reading.
~Mercy

Comments

  1. I am FINALLY getting to read this! You did a wonderful job, and I still love that you reached out! It's such a blessing to hear her testimony of salvation and once again see the humble way she lives :)

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    1. Yes ma'm, she is amazing!
      Thank you!!
      ~Mercy

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