Honestly, it crossed my mind as well.
Carolyn - 37
Wife to Chad - 39
Mom to Tom - 15
Nathan - 10
I think the deaf community embraces being deaf because they have no choice, and because they can find the good in it, the heightening of other senses, the value in not viewing yourself as disabled and limited, etc. That's not a negative.
I think the story of letting the child's ear infection go is, as you also agree, abuse.
I think deciding to stay deaf vs. having an implant is also different. It's not a choice I understand, but I've read about it some and it's not asking a doctor to harm you, or limiting your lifespan, or anything like that. It's status quo for someone who has learned how to cope and feels able and comfortable in the world they live in, maybe like choosing not to get lasik surgery.
Want to sever the nerves in your ear...well I don't know what it's like to be hard of hearing. Maybe it gives you headaches, maybe it's so difficult that it is better to have all or none, I have no idea.
But none of this feels even close to the same situation. Very broadly, perhaps, the topic is similar, but the situation is different.
Yeah if anything the biggest difference is where the desire comes from. The OP, its definitely a mental illness. The deaf community thing, i don't think that stems from a mental illness needing attention.
I seriously don't understand comparing these things to someone who is clearly mentally ill.
Yeah- not the same. Weird parallel.