If you would like to read a beautifully written, inspirational memoir about vision loss, perseverance, the generosity of others and the marvels of technology then click this link to read the memoir “Living in the Dark” published in the June 2016 addition of Toronto Life
It recounts the life of Rozina Issani, who was born in Pakistan with retinitis pigmentosa a degenerative eye disease, and her and her family’s struggles to deal with her vision loss and their ultimate migration to Canada to find a better life for Rozina.
The deterioration of Rozina’s vision from “bad eye sight” as an infant through her struggles at school with “blurry vision” and ultimately total blindness is well told and you get a very good understanding of the impact that gradual but steady loss of vision has on an individual and their family.
Retinitis pigmentosa is not a common disease however in our practice we have had several patients diagnosed with it. We are delighted to see that research and technology is offering some hope for those inflicted.
I won’t spoil it for you but the best part of the memoir is that it has happy ending. Read it and be inspired!