Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Blind Dancer Reaches for the Stars

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Blind Dancer Reaches for the Stars

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Byline: OVER THE FENCE FAY FARDON

I WAS absolutely devastated when, 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration.

"Blind? No. I'd rather lose my hearing than my sight," I protested. "At least, if I'm deaf, I will always have music running around in my head. But how on earth can I cope with anything if I can't see?"

Of course I, with most of my friends, thought blindness was an unavoidable result of the now much publicised MD. I was reassured by my eye surgeon that, although my vision would be seriously affected, I would not be totally blind. However, over the next few years, I was relieved to learn that I have dry MD. In spite of this and pressure problems, regular six-monthly check-ups and eye drops ensure that I have reasonably good vision, with the accompanying joy of still being able to learn to use the computer and read prolifically.

I always loved dancing and, with very good eyesight, was able to master all the old-time dances 60 years ago, although I never felt adequate enough with the quicksteps and jive at the Riviera. …

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