Kerry and his boyfriend Hayward went on a vacation to San Francisco, but the vacation to visit family turned into a trip that would forever change their lives. See, Hayward contracted bacterial meningitis during their stay and was left hospitalized. After a lengthy recovery, he was left with permanent hearing loss. “In a relationship, communication is key, you know? We were left without communication for about six months,” Kerry said. It’s a situation that is hard to imagine, but the two persevered and learned as much American Sign Language (ASL) as possible so that they could communicate. “He would place the ‘I love you’ sign on my leg or on my back, and that’s when I knew I could go to sleep,” Hayward said.
Hayward recently received a cochlear implant, and after it took time for the implant to allow Hayward to hear again, his partner had a special surprise for him.
The two are now committed to learning ASL.
It's been six months since you lost your hearing to meningitis. These have been some of the most challenging months of our lives, but we made it together. Today your cochlear implant was turned on for the first time. For the first time in 6 months, you were able to hear me, and I knew exactly what I wanted to ask you. When you said "Yes" today, that made all the challenges worth it. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you Hayward Duresseau
Posted by Kerry Kennedy on Wednesday, August 8, 2018