Yvonne's Blindsight Fight
Organized by: Yvonne Rieckhoff
Hello, my name is Yvonne. Until recently, I was a healthy 23-year old. Until, that is, I woke up blind. Doctors think that I have a rare form of white dot syndrome called ‘serpiginous choroiditis’, except that, unlike in many cases, the damage to my eyes is permanent. I just graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in English; my specialty is British literature. Everything that I have every hoped or dreamed for in my life has been under the simple assumption that I would be able to see. I know that losing my sight is not anything like having a terminal illness, but this has turned my life upside down all the same. Every day, I have to re-learn how to do some of the most basic, everyday things; it’s not rocket science, but it’s close. And, of course, with all of this, I’ve had multiple hospital stays, doctors’ appointments, vocational rehab, and I’ve been out of work—and nothing in life is free. I know it’s a lot to ask, but if you could find it in your heart to do so, please help me out. I hate to admit it, but I can’t do this on my own.