I can fully understand the author’s message. Being the only Deafie in my family, it is very isolating indeed when none of your other family members takes the time to learn to sign and communicate with you. You ask yourself why…. “Am I not worth it?” or “Am I less of a family member because they see me as broken?” It hurts a lot.
My husband (who is hearing) learned to sign just so he can communicate with me. I fell in love with him in a major way and we are about to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary but still feel like newlyweds. It is amazing a small thing such as communication makes in any relationship… and the willingness to want to do so.