Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'All I Want Is to Read Harry Potter' Appeal to Help Diabetes Patient Sami with Her Struggle to See

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'All I Want Is to Read Harry Potter' Appeal to Help Diabetes Patient Sami with Her Struggle to See

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Byline: NAOMI CORRIGAN naomi.corrigan@trinitymirror.com @NaomiCorrigan

A YEAR ago, Sami Hogg was on the road to a promising career in fashion design.

After graduating with a first-class degree, and having scooped numerous awards both locally and nationally, the talented and driven young woman travelled to Berlin to learn her trade at a fashion internship.

On returning from Germany, Sami began looking into establishing her own brand at a studio in Norwich where she had studied at university.

But life took a terrible and unexpected twist. Sami, who had suffered from Type One diabetes since she was a toddler, went blind.

The loss of her sight was rapid and devastating, and left Sami's dreams in tatters.

"It wasn't until May 2016 that my left eye suddenly went blurred with red and black floaters in my vision," she said.

"I went to A&E with no idea how serious it was, or that it was caused by diabetes at this time.

"By this time I had finished my studies. However, it had stopped a lot of things I love to do such as reading. I lost my career prospects and all my confidence."

As well as her love of design, Sami had also been an avid reader and forever had her head in a book.

Now aged 22, the Darlington woman is unable to do the simplest of tasks such as reading or pouring a drink.

She gets through day-to-day life with the love and support of her family and her partner Mark Siberry. Mark, 23, who lives in Middlesbrough, spoke about the impact on Sami's life.

"Diabetes is a horrific disease that people don't often see the harsher side of and don't understand what it is like to actually live with," he said.

"Before meeting Sami I had never seen what diabetes does to a person first hand and have learned a lot since we met and about the struggle she goes through every day.

"Her career was everything to her but she now struggles to do even the simplest of things that myself and everyone take for granted like pouring a drink, making food, communicating and reading a book.

"You ever tried eating a meal with your eyes closed or just listening to a film? Sami gets upset because she can't see what her dog looks like. …

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