Blind Army Veteran overcomes trauma through creative writing

Blind Army Veteran overcomes trauma through creative writing


I don’t have any actual recollection of
the accident itself. They literally picked me up with a sponge
and put me back together. I woke up twelve days later blind, deaf, mute
and quadriplegic. I have a lot of brain damage. The front and back of my right lobe are gone. The back of left lobe is gone, my visual cortex
is gone and both brain halves have separated. I suffer from what is know as cortical blindness,
which normally occurs in stroke patients. And, considering the amount of brain damage
that I have, that I am as functioning as I am is nothing short of miraculous. The VA has been good to me. Through a lot of therapy, a lot of people’s
hard work and a lot of operations, they put me back together. Writing was never my thing. I always hated English. But it all just started happening. Just writing it down and writing it down and
writing it down… And it got to the point now that… I’ve got a book of poetry / autobiography. It’s kind of mixed together. I’ve written three children’s books. I’ve got some other books in the works. I’ve got an outdoor cook book for children
I’m working on. And it’s allowed me to express myself in
ways that I really haven’t been able to express them. I’m a good talker, don’t get me wrong,
but there’s talking and there’s communicating. And the poetry and my writing gives me the
opportunity to refine what I want to say until it’s
what…I want…to say.

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