Note: this took place in Spring of 2016

American Sign Language (ASL) is my natural mode of communicating as a deaf person so imagine my horror when one day, I found my hands “handcuffed” with clothes tied around them and unable to move at all. I was terrified and tried to scream before realizing it had to be some type of dream.

At some point later, I woke up seeing my parents and cousins standing at the end of my hospital bed in a bright room with the sun coming through the window. My last memory was going to the…

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