Originally Posted by THExistential
...But, no. I was in public school because they wanted SO BAD for me to never feel different, to believe that hearing aids were the only answer, that hearing aids fixed everything. Regardless of how THEY felt, my peers still treated me like I was a retard and made fun of me all throughout school...
I think when hearing people sometimes say death, when they mean deaf, it is actually a very accurate assessment of hearing people's subconscious views on deafness. When your parents heard about your deafness, I think they started in the grieving process due to feeling a loss that their child wasn't perfectly hearing like them. Unfortunately, it looks like they, as so many do, got stuck on the first stage: shock & denial
. That is why it is so natural and important for the deaf community to create a culture and language, in order to separate ourselves from the unhealthy label of death that hearing people have attached to us. We are still alive
, still have lots to live
for, and can still live fully happy and productive lives