Deaf Again

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After reading Deaf Again I learned a lot of new things I didn't know about Deaf culture and was drawn in by the story of Mark Drolsbaugh. "The hardest fight a man has to fight is to live in a world where every single day someone is trying to make you someone you do not want to be " – e.e cummings. I was brought into the book immediately from this quote and realized how difficult it must have been for Mark to find his identity. He was trying to hang on to his hearing in fear of going deaf as if there was something wrong or not proper with being deaf. It took him a long time, twenty-three years to realize that the Deaf culture is receiving and it was there for him to embrace the entire time. It would be difficult to be able to hear and then slowly lose your hearing while having to communicate in the world we live in. Both his parents Sherry and Don were Deaf and I enjoyed reading the part where Mark was brought into this world through childbirth and the signing and conversation that was going on inside while the process was taking place. Like the anesthesia machine not working, which had to have been painful. I learned that the many doctors did not or maybe still do not know about Deaf culture. Also, that many of them did not approve of sign language, and expected them to be able to use speech like the majority with hearing aids and therapy. It was known as a hearing world and teachers and relatives felt this was true and would try to persuade his parents from communicating with Mark using sign language. On a young boy growing up I could not imagine what he would be thinking. Shock, denial, anger would be some of the emotions he and his relatives, like his grandparents had to go through. People frowning on deafness like it is a disease that you don't want or having other children making fun of you because you sound funny when you talk. Schooling would be very frustrating and difficult especially at a younger age. Being the only dead student at GFS...
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