First off, I shouldn’t have to explain my CI (cochlear implant) to anyone.
No, having the procedure wasn’t my choice, and unfortunately I was only one of many children to have been implanted without consent. Do I wish I’d been allowed to make the decision to undergo the operation myself? Yes.
With that being said, there’s nothing at all wrong with deciding to get a CI, just like there’s nothing wrong with deciding to abstain from the procedure. A CI is a tool that can be used to foster easier communication with a particular community: a CI is a way to experience environments and situations differently.
It’s terrible to assume someone’s chosen to get one because they don’t want to be d/Deaf.
Someone who sees mine and thinks that isn’t going to be worth my time anyway.