The Nature of Blindness
What do you see when you are blind?
When I have imagined blindness, I have always thought that it would be dark. Black, like night, when you are fumbling to find the bathroom and there is no light. But the blindness that has enveloped me is light - a white fog that one day would white-out my sight like a blinding blizzard.
The condition that I have is known as Fuchs’ Dystrophy, a degenerative cornea disease for which there is no cure. There is limited treatment to manage the symptoms but those will not stop the eventual progression to blindness. The only way to prevent this blindness is with a cornea transplant. Last week, I became a cornea transplant recipient. The path to a new vision is now beneath my feet and I have taken the first step.
"Andante Grazioso" (Mozart Piano Sonata No. 11) Watercolour on Paper
This is the last painting I finished before my first cornea transplant surgery. It was inspired by Mozart's Sonata No. 11 as the title suggests. Can you feel the music in this piece?
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