Dealing with a disability can be a difficult task for anyone to deal with in society. When you have multiple disabilities, not only is it a difficult task to deal with but an emotional one as well.
Having dual disabilities all his life has made life forever challenging. Roger was born premature and remained in the hospital for nine months after birth. He is unaware of any other medical issues that he may have had at the time.
Roger knew that he had poor vision from the start of life. Roger could never see what the other kids saw or the way they saw it. They would describe to the teacher what they saw and that is not what he saw at all. It did not matter where a desk was placed in the room Roger could not see the chalkboard. Finally, The Warren County Career Center contacted The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. They provided large print textbooks and audio cassettes to ease his learning curve. He had barely graduated high school due to the lack of assistance earlier in Jr. High.
In 2008, He lost the remainder of usable sight.
The loss of vision was due to Graves’s disease. He did not know he had it until he went to a specialist, Dr.Wies of Seneca Eye Surgeons. Before he saw the specialist, he saw his regular eye doctor because he could not see at all and he found out quite quickly that his optic nerves were dying. The specialist then confirmed it due to untreated Graves’s disease.
As for his Secondary disability, his legs have given him difficulty all his life due to multiple injuries. He had broken his left leg as a toddler due to bad sight and his right leg twice once at 8 years old falling on the ice. Then at age, six it is unknown what happened, He says he must have been blocking a lot of it out. He remembers being in the ambulance and his Gramps saying it would be ok. As Roger got older, he would have four surgeries on his right knee for a torn ACL, at this time the knee is beyond repair. The ACL has completely ruptured and cartilage destroyed with no socket or ball joints do to degenerative osteoarthritis. Roger cannot walk without a cane and braces a large percentage of the time.
To this day, it is a daily battle that he continues to fight. He does not blame his difficulties on anyone he owns it. Roger will not sit around and say if he only did this or that, that is a waste of time he is moving forward. Disability does not mean inability. Below are resources that are available if the readers find themselves in a similar situation.