a so-called visual impairment

Having a “visual impairment” is a gift–if you look at the situation just right. There are so many everyday functions I take for granted. I can wake up, stand, walk, hear, and touch. These are the things I don’t notice or appreciate. But not so with vision—I have struggled with corneal disease since age 9 or 10. Keratoconus is a kind of weakness in the cells of the cornea, allowing internal pressure to deform its shape. I am lucky to have had many successful corneal transplants, a gift from the dying to the living.

Take nothing for granted. See everything. Watch the sun rise over Mount Washington. See your daughter’s gorgeous smile on her graduation day. Notice how the 6:30 am light plays pixie over your favorite painting.

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