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Blind

I often wonder what it would be like to be blind. I mean I already have poor vision. But that is a far cry from not being able to see at all.

I like to think I would be the type of person who would stand up to the challenge. I Imagine the first thing I would do is install some type of text to speech on my computer so I can hear my email and blog comments.

Could you deal with going blind?

UPDATE:

After posting this article I received a very inspiring comment that I would like to share.

Cory,

Funny you should mention this subject, as I have a genetic disorder that is making me blind over time. It is a loooong drawn out process with crushing headaches as it happens.
Once I got past the initial depression/panic I began to educate myself in ways to interact with the world…text to speech/speech to text, began research into learning brail, spending considerable amounts of time having my eyes closed and a host of other things (seeing as much as I can and appreciating my sight while I have it).
I can say now that I am feeling good about my ability to handle the change. I’ll have to give up WoW and a host of other technical goodness but that is ok. Still plenty of things to do to keep myself enteratined.

Thank you Cory for sharing your story with me. I have always felt a kinship with those who have lost/losing their sight or hearing, something that we often take for granted.

You are my hero. I marvel at your attitude as you face this situation.

Brian Dunaway

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4 replies on “Blind”

Funny you should mention this subject, as I have a genetic disorder that is making me blind over time. It is a loooong drawn out process with crushing headaches as it happens.
Once I got past the initial depression/panic I began to educate myself in ways to interact with the world…text to speech/speech to text, began research into learning brail, spending considerable amounts of time having my eyes closed and a host of other things (seeing as much as I can and appreciating my sight while I have it).
I can say now that I am feeling good about my ability to handle the change. I’ll have to give up WoW and a host of other technical goodness but that is ok. Still plenty of things to do to keep myself enteratined.

Hey Cory,

I’m sorry to hear that Cory. It is inspiring to see that you are in a situation I fear and that you were able to stand up and do as I could only hope to do if I were ever faced with blindness.

I have several extended family members who deal with varying degrees of blindness and I see their struggle and am often impressed with how they are able to function and do just about anything I can do sighted.

Thank you so much for sharing with me. As I stated before, your attitude is inspiring.

Brian D.

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