Destiny Before It Happened

When these photos were taken of my parents, they didn’t know it at the time but they were going to meet because of a tragic accident and later fall in love!

This is my mother Diane’s high school graduation picture. She was born legally blind. You might just think this picture is one of those awkward school photos taken with her eyes partially closed if you didn’t know she was blind. Her right eye looks normal, but her left eye has discoloration and disfigurement from an accident which is hard to see in this picture.

My father Roy was born with normal sight. This is his high school graduation picture. He became blind a few years after graduating high school.

Legally blind is described as:

“A level of vision loss that has been legally defined to determine eligibility for benefits. The clinical diagnosis refers to a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, and/or a visual field of 20 degrees or less. Often, people who are diagnosed with legal blindness still have some useable vision.” [American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), www.afb.org/info/blindness-stastics/key-definitions-of-stastical-terms/25]

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