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CHAPTER I/III: First Blood

“ Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.” – John Lennon I am not sure in which context he said it but after 2011 I realized the value of that quote. let me elaborate; be patient and read on. Most of you would have read that book titled: Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. For those of you who didn't you should; it's available in print and audio. To give you an insight to the book; although you can Google it; the book is a story about 2 mice and 2 little people. it's a book that teaches you an Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life. Now for the surprise; that is exactly what I ended up doing: Dealing with Change in my Work and in my Life. Less of work and more of life. It was in the year 2011 and on one fine morning in March; don't remember the date and don't want to go back to the day but it happened. I woke up to a sunless morning. That morning the silent thief of sight had me totally blinded in both eyes. I think

CHAPTER II/III: Paint It, Black

It's not like a headache; a few pills and a good nap the next when you wake it's all better again. I had to accept my blindness; not an easy thing to do when you have to shoulder the responsibilities of a family I just started. Many visits to doctors and my eye specialist gave me no hope of reversing this condition caused due to Glaucoma. So I accepted it; without much knowledge on how to move on with life. They say the worst isn't over until it's had the best of you; and it's over. But when is it actually over; the simple answer to that is when you are dead.  I wasn't dead; just blind - so it's actually not yet over for me. Accepting the blindness and the fact that there is no coming back to the light was one side of the story; losing a job which was to build my career and losing my family was the other side of the worst to happen. Losing the job, wasn't that difficult because I knew that I would not be able to contribute to it until I am up and ready w


When you had everything; letting go is hard, hard but you need to let go the old to welcome the new. That's the exact way I decided to move on with life as a person with blindness. It wasn't really an easy journey; it put all my skills, talent and belief to test. To my advantage, I had the support of my friends and family. Quicker than I could realize the change; I was already suggested to start my re-habilitation for the blind with well-established institutes in the field. I was trained in mobility and orientation skills; making me confident and independent to travel/ walk on my own with the help of my white cane. I was taught on how to use the computer with the help of a screen reader; an assistive technology that converts text on the screen to speech. I found new technology to help me overcome my disability and focus on my ability. The song running through my head while writing this blog is Eye of the tiger by the band Survivor (1982) which was also the theme song for the mo