"Seeing" things a little differently
Every once in a while I enjoy taking part in the WordPress daily prompt. They give us a subject to write about. I couldn’t resist this one!
Daily Prompt: Origin Story Why did you start you blog? has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned? Photographers, artists, poets: show BEGINNINGS.
People moan and groan about their lives constantly, always complaining about this and that. Did you know that 3% of babies born in the U.S. have birth defects? 1 in 33 babies have some type of physical birth defect. Some are noticeable and some are not.
I was born with a very noticeable birth defect on my right eye. Congenital coloboma, glaucoma and floaters. the result was, blind in one eye and my vision being 20/200 in the good eye. I am very near-sighted, plus dealing with the right eye looking differently. My eye was bigger than the other, the pupil was clouded, distorted and it was obvious as soon as you saw me.
I grew up feeling like a human experiment. Watching the different reactions of people when they saw me. Some would turn away immediately, others would stare and many would ask questions. I heard mean comments, laughs and saw pity from people.
Growing up is hard enough, add a physical deformity that you cannot hide is even more complicated. When I was a young child I knew that my life was going to be very different, I just didn’t know how much!
I began writing my memoirs four years ago for my daughters to understand more about what I went through so they can learn more compassion for others who are less fortunate.
Halfway through the process of writing my book I stumbled into a wonderful blessing quite by accident. I met a female cosmetic surgeon that specializes in eyes. she wanted to help, and she did. Three surgeries and an artificial eye later…no one can tell there was ever anything wrong!
No more stares from strangers, no more questions and no more comments. My life and attitude has always been good before, but now it is amazing! I still struggle with nearsightedness but that’s OK.
My goal for beginning this blog is tell others that no matter what obstacle you are facing, there is hope. I want to spread encouragement and help others through troubled times. I may be near-sighted but I see life in a much different way than most people.
My blog is over a year old and it has changed a bit. I enjoy writing so much I’ve realized that I like to write about random, funny and inspiring stories, usually about myself. I hope you enjoy my stories and encouraging words as much as I enjoy writing them.
Sherry L. Cook
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