This is a very moving memoir. I was captured by the title and book cover. The author really informs you about the trials and tribulations of a blind person. His success in his profession is truly inspiring. The humor he brings to his story shows his positive attitude towards the difficult hand he was dealt. I highly recommend this book. I loved it! –Amazon Review
A White Cane, A Dog and Dark Glasses
This is my story. It spans the period of time in my life from the age of 8 years old to when I retired from my full time employment at age 60. It’s about a boy who at the age of 8 was diagnosed with Juvenile Glaucoma and began a series of ongoing surgical procedures from the age of 8 to approximately the age of 21. In the first chapter I tell of the experience of staying in a Hospital.
The frightening experience of surgery on my eyes and waking up in a hospital bed with both of my eyes bandaged and for the first time enveloped in a world of only sound and touch. This went on until I was 21 and the final surgery resulted in my becoming totally blind in both eyes.
It’s also the story of the incredible love and support I received from my family which helped me to experience my sighted world to the fullest as I was gradually going blind.
I show how I took the confidence that was engendered in me to go on to become a professional and work for 25 years in a major medical center in New York as a Director of Vocational Services in the Psychiatry Department.
I also show how as a child and young adult how I enjoyed my life to the fullest despite knowing I was going to lose my sight.
There were adventures with friends, great experiences with girlfriends and playing music in a Rock N Roll band.
My hope is that This book will be motivating, entertaining and educational. It is an honest and true depiction of my life.
This book is dedicated to all those who work to respect and insure the dignity of those who they encounter in life’s unpredictable journey.
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