I'm a 36 year old blind man. I've had a hard life. I've been written off by many people at many points in my life.
I've been labeled a loser by judges and teachers. I was given no future by doctors. Parents told their kids to stay away from me. I was always the bad influence. I was expelled from high school. I did a substantial bid. When I came home, I saw everybody as a potential victim or threat. I had a full time job only to keep the heat off me.
Then I died. What I experienced on the other side convinced me to completely reinvent myself; I don't want to go back there.
Now, judges don't even know I exist. I am now in college studying computer science/computer information systems. I had a GPA of 3.85 last semester. I am in one of the honor societies at school and I'm waiting for the invitation from the other one. My professors treat me with admiration and even respect.
The doctors said I would not live. They said I'd never wake up from the coma. They said I'd be a vegetable. They said I'd never talk again. They said I'd never walk again. After five and a half years, I left my wheelchair behind. I use a walker now, but not for long. It's been about 8 months since I escaped my wheelchair, and it feels great! It's been fun proving the doctors wrong.
Some parents have asked me to mentor their children. I have witnessed my influence on others actually be a good one. I've been told by several people that I inspire them.
I am now driven. I am goal oriented.
I'm going to be in school for quite some time to come.
I have recently discovered a couple things about myself:
- I realize I like the man I'm becoming
- I want to do everything I'm doing in life; I'm not doing anything I "have" to do
I am going to change the computer world.
All the pieces to my puzzle are coming together, except one. Could you be that missing piece? Do you want to join me on my crazy adventure and see where it leads me next?
I know you're out there, I just can't see you yet!