Thursday, January 25, 2018
Patient H69: The Story of My Second Sight by Vanessa Potter
This is a fascinating true story told by Vanessa who suddenly and totally unexpectedly became blind and had numbness in her extremities. At first, her condition was a mystery to the doctors as well and was very frightening to Vanessa and her family. After quite a few tests, the doctors realized that she had Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD), a rare illness that can cause sudden blindness and paralysis. Vanessa explains in detail how her sight disappeared and how it gradually reappeared. The first half of the book is her story of her illness and in the second half she explores the medical condition and what exactly happened to her vision and how vision works.