I know somebody who has recently been accepted to go to China for stem cell treatment. Its all very exciting!
I didn’t take much interest in this research until I heard an interview with the father of
from Northern Ireland. Its a fascinating story.
At the moment I am unable to benefit from a treatment like this, but who knows what will happen in the future. If I was offered a treatment to restore my sight tomorrow though, I wouldn’t be tempted at all. Am I crazy?
Being blind can sometimes be a pain. You can’t drive, and it takes longer to do things. You have to deal with patronising people, and people who are afraid of anything that is different.
Of course I wonder what my family and friends look like. Of course I’m curious to know what people, places and objects look like. I know I would be a very different person if I could see, but not necessarily a better one.
I can completely understand why people have opporations and undergo treatment, and really want their sight back. There’s nothing wrong with it at all, and I love hearing the success stories as much as everybody else. I think losing your sight gradually or suddenly would be very difficult, and I’m glad I’ve been blind all my life and never had to go through that pain. That’s what I’m used to, so suppose i’d be afraid of living any other way.
Is having a disability really so bad that everybody should want rid of it? I know lots of disabilities are difficult, painful and restricting. People deal with things differently, and shouldn’t be compared or generalised because of their disability. I’m healthy and happy and fortunate to live the way I do. I just happen to be blind and happy being blind.
I found an interesting perspective on this on a post on
Alex Scott’s blog
The post suggests that nobody would really want to retain their disability if they had a way of curing it. My parents enquired about treatment for me in America when I was very small, and a doctor they talked to had the same attitude. He asked them if they really thought Stevie Wonder would still be blind if he could cure his sight problem? I’ve heard that he said he’d like to see his family, so maybe he would like his sight restored, but that isn’t really the point. Assuming that nobody in the world wants to be blind is either an incorrect assumption, or I’m the odd one out!