Mute and Healing

by Taylor
(Virginia, USA)

Drawing done by my uncle of me as an anime character

Drawing done by my uncle of me as an anime character

Hi my name is Taylor and I'm 13. I'm mute due to a car accident and have been since I was 10. My parents separated when I was 8 and divorced when I was 9. I lived with my dad since the divorce and things were okay until they weren't.


It was my 10th birthday. My dad, step mom, brother, friends, and I were going laser tagging because that's what I wanted to do. A drunk driver was swerving across the road and hit our car and glass from the window cut my neck and vocal cords. When I woke up in the hospital, I found my brother with a cast on his arm next to my bed. I tried to ask him what was going on but it hurt excruciatingly bad and I couldn't make any sound. My doctor came in and told me that I'd never be able to speak again. So I studied to learn sign language in several different languages and now can communicate fluently. I taught my brother too. But after my dad found out I would never talk again, he became mean and angry.

He started to tell me I was worthless and should've died in the accident, among other things just to put me down. He also slapped me a couple times. He refuses to learn ASL (American Sign Language) to communicate with me at all, and he gave me anxiety issues as well as put me down so much I went into a deep depression and refused to eat and had suicidal thoughts. But I'm currently about to move with my mom and her boyfriend and his kids. I've taught them a fair amount of ASL and hope to continue, until then my brother translates for me.

After I found out I was being a used emotionally I "talked" to my English teacher and he explained to me that my dad was not a safe person to be around.

I'm going into my freshman year of high school next year and hope to make a new start. After I graduate high school, I wish to go to college and start teaching deaf and mute children, that way they can come as far as I have if in a similar situation. Thank you for reading my story! Bye! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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