January 2008 is a month I will never forget
I woke up expecting another day at school
To only have my vision suddenly change
A curtain had been pulled over my face
And suddenly all I could see from my better eye was nothing but my nose
No carpet, no bed, not even all of my head!
Thoughts and feelings danced around in my brain
Scared? Yes. Worried? Yes. Nervous? Yes.
All these thoughts began to sound like rain
But I had to go to school, and be as normal as I could
Lost was what I felt, but else could I do?
I had to rely on others to just make it through
What was wrong with my eye?
I know I had to learn why
Blood is what my doctor saw; red was everywhere
And to make matters worse, the retina had detached
It was going to take at least three surgeries to get this all patched
But courage became my middle name
I know I had to accept this
My life was forever changed
Yet, I was determined to not let my loss of vision win
Positivity became my mantra
When I realized that not everyone could beat this
Reading Braille and using a cane are all a part of a blind man’s game
But I changed the game to show others my inner strength
Judo, Ju-Jitsu and Knowledge Bowl are just the beginning
Through this battle called life my courage is truly winning
I will conquer the world with my brilliant brain
And soon everyone will see me beyond the man with a cane