Quotes from the Book
“As the egg cell in my mother’s ovary began its maturation, the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes began to separate. […] Her copy of chromosome 22, which carried a mutant gene, went into the egg cell that would be fertilized later by my father’s sperm. […] [M]y twenty-nine-year-old mother had no clue that she was even carrying such a gene and had passed it along to me. Both of our lives would be profoundly altered.”
-Debbie Wygal, “Swimming in My Gene Pool: A Biologist Confronts Vision Loss and Heredity” p. 19
“Pale yellow straw grass
Looks the same as the sidewalk,
The same as everything:
That’s why I can’t see.
Where did the dark green go
That outlined a white path for me?
This is a hard drought.”
- Tara Arlene Innmon, “It’s Because of the Drought That I Can’t See” p. 50
“One day, while taking a timed test, I soon realize that the results of my test would not reflect an accurate indication of my abilities. I explain my situation to the instructor. He tells me that if I can not take this test, I will never make it through school, and even if I do, I will never find a job. Again, I spend the evening in tears. But again, I rise with a new determination. I think, ‘Who does he think he is? God? He is trying to limit my life according to his measly expectations. I will show him what I can or cannot do.’ And I do!”
-Linda Leanger, “The Importance of Positive Influences in Our Lives” p. 70
“I decided to go to a new clinic, where I saw a young doctor, who immediately said, ‘You have macular degeneration, and you are going blind.’ Then, he turned and left. I felt appalled and shocked. I couldn’t believe that he’d just walk out without offering me an explanation. I’d never heard of macular degeneration before, and I hadn’t dreamed that such a disease could happen to me.”
- Marion Friedman, “Life Beyond Vision Loss” p. 98