This book, written in two parts, identifies the many losses associated with the loss of vision, followed by discussing solutions to addressing these losses. It is the premise upon which Fr. Carroll based the St Paul's Rehabilitation Training Program, a nationally recognized model program, where newly blinded adults would make their personal adjustment to living with blindness.
Based on the successful Veteran's Administration program developed in the late 1940s for newly blinded veterans of WW II, this book is an in-depth analysis of the physical and psychological impact of blindness and how it is addressed at the St. Paul's Rehabilitation program, now called the Carroll Center for the Blind in honor of its founder.
This is the story of Andrew Potok's remarkable odyssey out of despair. He attempts to come to terms with his condition: learning skills for the newly blind, dealing with freakish encounters with the medical establishment, going to London for a promised cure through a bizarre and painful "therapy" of bee stings. He wrestles with the anguish of knowing that his daughter has inherited the same disease that is stealing his own eyesight. And then, as he edges ever closer to complete blindness, there comes the day when he recognizes that the exhilaration he once found in the mix of paint and canvas, hand and eye, he has begun to find in words.
There are a lot of books out there that will tell you about blindness from a medical perspective. It's tougher to find books that talk first-hand about what living with blindness is like and tougher still to find books that describe blindness from a sighted family member's perspective. This book sheds some light on the personal impact of blindness by granting a glimpse into the lives of one young couple made up of a husband who is slowly losing vision and his sighted spouse. Above all things, this book is about living with hope and striving to keep a healthy perspective and sense of humor even when it seems impossible.