The day the lights went out – “How Beyond Blind Institute saved my life!”
by John Crossly
The doctors doing what they had to do, broke up the clot, sending small particles throughout my body. Once awakened from the medically induced coma, I learned that I had a stroke and was experiencing weakness on my left side along with kidney failure. The biggest shock after regaining consciousness was my loss of vision! After rehab and returning home, I went to my bed, and that’s where I stayed. Falling into a deep depression and feeling hopeless about my future. What do I do now? What can I do now?
by Allison Goldstein
The Beyond Blind Institute had a profound impact on our lives. On Thanksgiving Day, 2010, my then 27 year-old daughter, Nicole, suffered a grand map seizure, the result of a brain tumor. Four days later, she had multiple strokes and lost her eyesight – permanently. She was in the hospital for two months. When I brought her home, I was floundering; I had no idea how to proceed. The state-run agencies had little to offer.
Beyond Blind Institute is an integral part of my life
by Richard Incandela
In February of 2011, I was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident, which impaired me in many ways. I suffered a traumatic brain injury, the loss of two fingers, and the loss of my vision as a result of the accident. It was catastrophic to me physically and emotionally, and it rocked my world. All of these losses made my world seem bleak and depressing. It was very difficult for me to try to navigate my new world without my vision.
Huge Impact on my son’s life
by Barbara Incandela
I first learned about Beyond Blind Institute from my son Richard’s eye doctor at Bascom Palmer following his tragic motor vehicle accident in February of 2011. Richard had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury which resulted in his loss of vision. At our appointment with Dr. Moshfeghi, we learned for the first time that he was now legally blind. The doctor recommended to us that we contact Joyce Gugel at the Beyond Blind Institute for information regarding their programs. I am so grateful that we were given that information at such a critical time in my son’s recovery.
I’m Playing Golf!!! You are?
Reflections by Mort Wexler
I am totally blind. I used to play golf, that is, until I lost my sight. Now, I am writing this article to let you know that I even have the ability to play golf without seeing!
It has been very difficult for me to “make lemonade” from the lemons the universe has given me. From 1992 until 2012 I sat in my chair lamenting my condition. I was a couch potato who was sitting around remembering a life full of things I could no longer do. When I discovered and joined BBI, I realized that I had a choice. I could become a hermit and complain about how the world had cheated me, or I could get back to living. This was my opportunity, and I grabbed it! It was the answer to a prayer.
Pictured here is our favorite manager at Duffy’s in Palm Beach Gardens, Adnane Chalf. We consider him the Beyond Blind Member’s “Man of the Year” for all he has contributed to our organization.
Pictured here is Brenna Bertram, Marketing & Community Relations Team Leader. She is a wonderful person who has helped us tremendously with our partnership with Whole Foods. We consider her Beyond Blind Members “Woman of the Year” for all she has contributed to our organization.