The story covers the months from early diagnosis of a retinal disorder through stages of treatment and loss of vision to a six-month stay at a residential facility to train the newly blind in life skills, including Braille. Sally Hobart was a 24-year-old elementary school teacher when she began suddenly and rapidly to lose her vision.

In the months that followed, she went through several surgeries and other treatments that are sometimes successful in restoring vision, but all efforts failed. She was left with very cloudy partial vision--only enough to distinguish colors, light and dark in the lower half of the vision field.

She tells about the fear, the frustrations of partial information and false hope, the tension between herself and her fiancé (they finally called off the engagement), the support (and also confusion and pain) of friends and family, and the emotional adaptation to a whole new life while learning to become independent as a blind person.


The story is straightforward and engagingly told. The narrative voice is clearly that of a woman, now older, who has successfully accommodated to this immense loss and is able to offer hope along with full acknowledgment of the suffering involved in "adventitious" blindness.

She avoids representing herself as in any way heroic, but does reconstruct the kinds of internal conversation that enabled her to "take hold" as well as the kinds of help from friends and family that really worked. A good read, not just for young adults, though it is aimed at that market, but for anyone involved in coping with their own or another's loss of vision.



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New York



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