Sunday, April 6, 2008

Legally Blind

I read an article about Juan Jose Gomez-Camacho -- he's the Mexican Ambassador to Singapore. With Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) with which he was diagnosed at 18, he is legally blind (the reporter writes that a person is defined as legally blind when his visual field is 20 degrees or less. It is not true that all blind persons have absolutely no sight, in fact most have some remaining vision. Someone with RP however can become totally blind.) But the illness doesn't make him got spirited away... It is written there that he always assures you that having RP "is not a problem, not a problem at all". In fact, until last year when things got really busy, he went horse-riding regularly, declaring that "as long as the horse has eyes, I am fine!" LOL. Hahahahaha. Two thumbs up for him!!!

He does not allow his handicap to affect his life. And he gets the supports from colleagues and his employer, the Mexican government -- when he disclosed his illness he was then in his 30s.

He says that he doesn't want to be an inspiration because he is blind. Rather he wants to be an inspiration in what he is doing.

The writer asks Mrz Gomez -- his wife, herself a corporate lawyer and she's very beautiful -- whether she has ever thought that she should've made different decisions. She replies that she thought it was very honest of him about his illness (they were in the same law class)... "But what to do? I was already in love with him." ^_________^ cute.

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