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Unblinded: One Man’s Courageous Journey through Darkness to Sight

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Author: Traci Medford-Rosow

Published: April 10th 2018 by Morgan James Publishing

Format: Paperback , 220 pages

Isbn: 9781683507826

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30 review for Unblinded: One Man’s Courageous Journey through Darkness to Sight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Unblinded: One Man’s Courageous Journey Through Darkness to Sight by Traci Medford-Rosow Major plus to buying this book is that the author is donating all proceeds to the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and it's a super good read. Starts with praise for authors works and summary of this book. Story starts out with how and why this book was written. Diary entry type book that shows when he first noticed the loss of vision and his drinking. I can totally relate to this story as I've also gone to spec Unblinded: One Man’s Courageous Journey Through Darkness to Sight by Traci Medford-Rosow Major plus to buying this book is that the author is donating all proceeds to the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and it's a super good read. Starts with praise for authors works and summary of this book. Story starts out with how and why this book was written. Diary entry type book that shows when he first noticed the loss of vision and his drinking. I can totally relate to this story as I've also gone to specialist every 6 months for the past 50+ years of my life due to an unknown disease/condition. Exams and tests done I am very familiar with, devastating outcome for him. I have been very lucky with the doctors I've seen and I know all the technical terms when educating a new doctor due to change in health insurance. Some I know more about the disease then they do. At times the book is hard for me to read as I've been there done that and didn't even want the tshirt. Love help the support group gave him I've not had a coffee table in centuries as I'd never see it and trip over it. So Many brick walls, you can't even imagine the obstacles to just get help. There are pictures throughout the book showing what is going on during it's specific chapter. I recall the hurtful comments from family the first time I used my cane at a family outing-they treated me like I had cancer or something they'd catch. Not my parents though they were 100% behind me and I think at times they felt they were to blame for my lack of vision. Learned by listening to this book how to use the sweeping method when using the cane-I was never given instructions. Love how he was still able to take pictures-in his mind while another held the camera and actually took the shot he was describing. Love taking photos myself of architecture, it's fascinating to me. Love hearing of the superfood intake and the other things Kevin is able to find out about that he puts into practice and all research done on his part to cure himself.. Love little things that come back to life that others take for granted. Treasure every second you have vision and don't forget there's always someone out there with worse eye conditions and going through worse than you. Received this review copy from the author via the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that’ Martin Luther King, Jr New York City author and lawyer Traci Medford-Rosow comes to this book with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry as well as corporate law, having written both articles and books in those arenas, but here she steps into the role of sharing a miracle about which she learned – the fascinating and meaningful life of Kevin Coughlin and his response to a medical phenomenon. The scope of this ‘must read’ b ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that’ Martin Luther King, Jr New York City author and lawyer Traci Medford-Rosow comes to this book with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry as well as corporate law, having written both articles and books in those arenas, but here she steps into the role of sharing a miracle about which she learned – the fascinating and meaningful life of Kevin Coughlin and his response to a medical phenomenon. The scope of this ‘must read’ book’s content is beautifully outlined in the book before the story is shared. ‘Kevin Coughlin wakes up one morning in 1997 and cannot read the newspaper. Even the bold headlines are fuzzy. Kevin has no idea that he is carrying a rare genetic disorder: Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Within five days he is blind. The tragedy of his sudden blindness is exacerbated by the fact that Kevin is a serious amateur photographer and lover of the visual arts. Every aspect of his life is plunged into unbearable darkness. Kevin’s loss of sight initiates an exploration of his internal world. After decades of heavy drinking, he embarks on the long and difficult road to sobriety. He discovers the powerful effect of his thoughts and spoken words. He chooses to focus on gratitude for what he has rather than on anger at what he has lost. In a world of darkness, he sees how to be kinder to himself and others. He becomes an activist for the blind as only a person who once had eyesight could and is instrumental in establishing New York City’s first blind advocacy program. Fifteen years later, Kevin catches what seems to be a glimpse of light in his bathroom mirror. Kevin’s is the only documented case in the world of a non-medically assisted regeneration of the optic nerve. Over the next three years, Kevin chronicles the daily progress—the euphoria and the agonizing setbacks. It is from those journal entries and deeply moving conversations with Kevin that author Traci Medford-Rosow has shaped Kevin’s remarkable story - a story of miracles within miracles that will leave the reader wondering what lies behind the reality we think we see.’ Both photographs and selected journal entries, a fine manner of documenting this remarkable story, enhance the layout of the book. The joy of reading both Traci’s account and Kevin’s journal produces a sense of wonder as well as the window to appreciating the power of possibilities and the complexities of nature. The writing by both authors is fluid and awe inspiring, delivering the story of how unexpected tragedies can be associated with equally unexpected resolutions – a factor that radiates so fully from this important book. Not only does this book document a medical phenomenon, a mindful journey by Kevin Coughlin, and the resultant vision for a possible better world, but also the proceeds of the sales of this book are designated for The Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Very highly recommended on many levels.

  3. 4 out of 5

    W. Whalin

    An Unusual Story From the opening pages of UNBLINDED, I discovered a gripping true story of Kevin Coughlin. Suddenly Coughlin became blind from a rare genetic disorder. Coughlin’s mother., Ruth, was a nurse and he turned to her for a doctor referral, She gave him two expert Neuro-Ophthalmologist, specialists in the field. “Kevin called the first doctor and was told there was a two-month wait for the first open appointment. He decided to put a bit more urgency into his request when he called the s An Unusual Story From the opening pages of UNBLINDED, I discovered a gripping true story of Kevin Coughlin. Suddenly Coughlin became blind from a rare genetic disorder. Coughlin’s mother., Ruth, was a nurse and he turned to her for a doctor referral, She gave him two expert Neuro-Ophthalmologist, specialists in the field. “Kevin called the first doctor and was told there was a two-month wait for the first open appointment. He decided to put a bit more urgency into his request when he called the second person his mother had given him—a Dr. Myles from Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. “Hello, this is an emergency,” he said, as soon as the receptionist answered the phone.” I’ve lost almost all of my vision within the last three days; I’m thirty-six years old and otherwise healthy. My name is Kevin Coughlin.” He was given the first appointment Thursday morning.” (Page 17) Much of the book is about the sudden life change of losing his vision. Coughlin lived in blindness. Toward the end of the book and about 20 years later his sight miraculously returned. Each chapter ends with a brief journal entry to capture Coughlin’s words and feelings. Writer Traci Medford-Rosow has skilled storytelling to capture Coughlin’s experiences. I recommend this remarkable story, UNBLINDED.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nance Nicholls

    I had a hard time putting this book down. Wasn't sure what to expect when I started it however it was a very interesting read for me. Ihave dealt with vision challenges but nothing like total blindness.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Law

    The struggle is real. Dealing with the public who do not understand is a real challenge. Having a couple of children who deal with blindness, this was a heartwarming story of the challenges faced by those who struggle with blindness daily. While I will never fully understand that struggle, this book does wonders for those who do! The book is well-written and an incredible page turner! It brings hope to the blind who may have lost hope! It enlightens those who may not understand the struggle. Mor The struggle is real. Dealing with the public who do not understand is a real challenge. Having a couple of children who deal with blindness, this was a heartwarming story of the challenges faced by those who struggle with blindness daily. While I will never fully understand that struggle, this book does wonders for those who do! The book is well-written and an incredible page turner! It brings hope to the blind who may have lost hope! It enlightens those who may not understand the struggle. Moreover, it is not only about the struggle with blindness but the struggle with addictive habits and even relationship issues. Wonderful read for all!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ReneE

    Very uplifting story following a man's journey from sighted, blind, then regaining his sight, and the things he comes to realize about himself and others. I loved the quote from French writer Antoine De Saint-Exupery -- "It is only with the heart that one can see wisely; what is truly important in life is invisible to the eye" (from "Le Petit Prince"). I am happy he shared his journey with the rest of us and highly recommend this book. (Would have liked to have seen something about his doctor's r Very uplifting story following a man's journey from sighted, blind, then regaining his sight, and the things he comes to realize about himself and others. I loved the quote from French writer Antoine De Saint-Exupery -- "It is only with the heart that one can see wisely; what is truly important in life is invisible to the eye" (from "Le Petit Prince"). I am happy he shared his journey with the rest of us and highly recommend this book. (Would have liked to have seen something about his doctor's reaction to his regaining his sight and any possible explanations for it.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori Leachman

    I really liked this book. I found Kevin’s journey and transformation inspirational. I liked the way the book was organized with Kevin’s journal entries spliced into each chapter and his full journal presented at the end of the book. The book is another lesson/example that attitude is everything. Cudos to Kevin for his courage and Traci for her presentation.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    Thank you, Kevin, for sharing your experience; it will help me the understand the struggles, fears, and feelings of a person who has lost their sight. I will 'see' differently now.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Illustrious Wanderer

    Here is a story of pain and loss. Of dreams and aspirations coming to a sudden end because one suddenly loses his sense of sight. Yes, this is the “very inspiring” and “heartfelt” story of Kevin Coughlin who is a New York resident whose eyes suddenly develop a “rare genetic disorder called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. The book begins with Coughlin being abled and enjoying the world of visual arts to the tragic beginning stages of Leber’s. He goes through all sorts of obstacles like discr Here is a story of pain and loss. Of dreams and aspirations coming to a sudden end because one suddenly loses his sense of sight. Yes, this is the “very inspiring” and “heartfelt” story of Kevin Coughlin who is a New York resident whose eyes suddenly develop a “rare genetic disorder called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. The book begins with Coughlin being abled and enjoying the world of visual arts to the tragic beginning stages of Leber’s. He goes through all sorts of obstacles like discrimination, alcoholism, and his own prideful self and yet managed to overcome them all while being tended to by a guide dog and friends he achieves through meetings and groups he participates in that enables him to release his anxiety stresses, and fears of a blind person. The book is so easy to read and so inspiring that I guarantee you that once you start reading it you will never be able to put it back down until you finish it. Having a disability is a very demoting experience at first and you will have to develop a fighting bone and a strong will to make your way through it. Kevin learned so much while being blind it took some time for him to get used to all the put-downs, the insults, and the nice comments that may have a condescending tone to them. This book was so relatable in that sense and I learned so much from Kevin’s own story here. There were some incidents in this book that Kevin got through that provided hints and ideas for me to handle my own troubles on my end. Kevin is a true survivor and a true hero with his fighting spirit and his ongoing triumphs as he struggles to survive in a world that may sometimes seem harsh to the disabled. Through it all, Kevin does have a lot of supporters in his journey that ranged from his family to those who help him with Social Services to those who provide services to the blind and disabled. I put this book down with a smile on my face. Content to have a true story that ended happily ever after. I recommend this book to all those who are disabled who can read and/or those who deal with the disabled whether it’s in the workplace, on the streets, at home, anywhere the disabled may frequent or go to in their daily lives. I also recommend this book to those who may wonder what it feels like to be a disabled individual. This book I believe will open your eyes to the common issues and obstacles that the disabled society have or go through. It is an inspiring story that I guarantee will give you hope and happiness with your own struggles and troubles.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nirvarnia

    I found Kevin to be utterly courageous in re-calling and documenting his journey through blindness to Traci. There is a sincerity and openness that I appreciated, as it made Kevin's story both an emotional and truly engaging read. I think there is a lot that I can personally gain from his story, for one, it has made me realise just how much I take for granted on a daily basis. 'Unblinded' also effectively, thoughtfully, and truthfully highlights the issues faced by a person living with partial s I found Kevin to be utterly courageous in re-calling and documenting his journey through blindness to Traci. There is a sincerity and openness that I appreciated, as it made Kevin's story both an emotional and truly engaging read. I think there is a lot that I can personally gain from his story, for one, it has made me realise just how much I take for granted on a daily basis. 'Unblinded' also effectively, thoughtfully, and truthfully highlights the issues faced by a person living with partial sight, or blindness. Raising awareness to help others understand how challenging life can be is massive. If we can all be a little more supportive to one another as a society and a community, then some of the adversities Kevin came up against could have been avoided. I think it is important for authors like Traci to give a voice to people like Kevin, who have such an important story to tell. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the integrity was endearing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Beverley Lombardi

    Very interesting. I enjoyed Kevin's journey. I found the reaction of other people to a blind man fascinating.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carole Corkran

    Fascinating story!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shaden

    Amazing

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cup and Saucer

    Unblinded is a truly amazing true story of Kevin - a man who overcame all the challenges that blindness put upon him. He struggled with alcoholism, loneliness, and prejudice, which is unsurprising following such a tragedy as losing your sight. Then one day - after navigating the world without his sight for almost two decades - his eyesight begins to return. For less of a better word, it is a miracle and for Kevin, it is a miracle in more ways than one. The gift of sight makes him re-evaluate his Unblinded is a truly amazing true story of Kevin - a man who overcame all the challenges that blindness put upon him. He struggled with alcoholism, loneliness, and prejudice, which is unsurprising following such a tragedy as losing your sight. Then one day - after navigating the world without his sight for almost two decades - his eyesight begins to return. For less of a better word, it is a miracle and for Kevin, it is a miracle in more ways than one. The gift of sight makes him re-evaluate his life and become a better man.  Kevin has struggled and Traci Medford-Rosow has told his story honestly and sensitively. Throughout the book you really do see how strong and inspirational Kevin is. 

  15. 5 out of 5

    Green Pastures

    I've read so many true story books as the lives of real people can be just as fascinating as any fictional plot. The true story of Kevin Coughlin as told by Traci Medford-Rosow in 'Unblinded' is one of the most unbelievable and riveting I have ever read. Twenty years after going blind due to a rare genetic disorder, and without any medical intervention, Kevin miraculously regained his sight. With his sight restored, he began to see the light in a number of ways, emerging from not only literal da I've read so many true story books as the lives of real people can be just as fascinating as any fictional plot. The true story of Kevin Coughlin as told by Traci Medford-Rosow in 'Unblinded' is one of the most unbelievable and riveting I have ever read. Twenty years after going blind due to a rare genetic disorder, and without any medical intervention, Kevin miraculously regained his sight. With his sight restored, he began to see the light in a number of ways, emerging from not only literal darkness, but from a figurative one of alcohol abuse, hopelessness, and despair. Kevin is an extraordinary man and he deserves to have his remarkable story told. Insightful, inspiring, and hopeful, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beverley Lombardi

    After Kevin's initial anger, he helped himself by reaching out for help. The reaction of people was interesting. Some were kind, while others considered him judged him. Kevin's faith saved him. Never underestimate the power of prayer. However, I did not like the negative references to the Catholic church. I find comfort and strength from my religion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann Campanella

    Miracles can happen from the inside out. In Unblinded, Traci Medford-Rosow leads us through the wondrous story of one man's experience of overcoming blindness. At age 36, Kevin Coughlin comes down with a rare genetic disorder that leaves him blind after five days. Fifteen years later, he catches his first glimpse of light in a bathroom mirror and his vision gradually returns. Unblinded takes the reader on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of what went on during those years of darkness and ho Miracles can happen from the inside out. In Unblinded, Traci Medford-Rosow leads us through the wondrous story of one man's experience of overcoming blindness. At age 36, Kevin Coughlin comes down with a rare genetic disorder that leaves him blind after five days. Fifteen years later, he catches his first glimpse of light in a bathroom mirror and his vision gradually returns. Unblinded takes the reader on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of what went on during those years of darkness and how Kevin, after battling alcoholism, loneliness, prejudice, and perhaps most of all himself, emerges as a man of wisdom and sight.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leilani Schaar

    This is an outstanding book! I could not put it down. Joining Kevin on his metaphorical and physical journey into and back out of darkness was a gift! This memoir will be tumbling in my mind for months. I can't wait to read it again! The style of Kevin's journal entries telling a story within a story was unique, and really kept me turning pages.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dogandbone

    A truly inspirational read One mans story of triumph winning through adversity, I'm a sucker for true stories in this genre and that's why I chose to read this book. A beautifully written true story that draws you in making you feel compassion that you are also experiencing Kevins frustrations. The story unfolds at a good pace and kept me totally engrossed right to the very end! A must read in my opinion, very highly recommended. A truly inspirational read that will I think appeal to everyone!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gilda Syverson

    Unblinded! What a page-turner! I did not want to put the book down. This riveting story is truly about one person’s triumph over adversity. I am impressed with the way Traci Medford-Rosow showed how Kevin learned to navigate in a seeing world. Even though Kevin’s struggles were numerous and with constant challenges, I was captivated with how he managed to traverse the busy urban environment of NYC, the work world he found himself in and out of, the physical environment of his life, his emotional Unblinded! What a page-turner! I did not want to put the book down. This riveting story is truly about one person’s triumph over adversity. I am impressed with the way Traci Medford-Rosow showed how Kevin learned to navigate in a seeing world. Even though Kevin’s struggles were numerous and with constant challenges, I was captivated with how he managed to traverse the busy urban environment of NYC, the work world he found himself in and out of, the physical environment of his life, his emotional struggles of addiction and finally recognizing that he needed to find a way to heal. As Kevin's years of being blind went on, the writing kept me engrossed and caring about Kevin, his supportive guide dogs, and the transformation of his personal and spiritual growth. I was also drawn in by the woman who came to Kevin’s apartment to perform a healing session, after he realized glimpses of sight were returning. It was a subtle scene but reinforced Kevin’s own successful efforts toward healing. I highly recommend this empowering, beautifully written story!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    Anyone looking for an inspiring, well-told story of the power and grace of the human spirit will love this book. In clear, unsentimental prose, Unblinded tells the story of one man’s sudden blindness from a neurological condition and his journey through despair and alcoholism to acceptance and growth. I came to love Kevin, and I genuinely ugly-cried several times, but in a good way. I learned so much, too, about what it means to navigate the world without sight, and I especially loved all the de Anyone looking for an inspiring, well-told story of the power and grace of the human spirit will love this book. In clear, unsentimental prose, Unblinded tells the story of one man’s sudden blindness from a neurological condition and his journey through despair and alcoholism to acceptance and growth. I came to love Kevin, and I genuinely ugly-cried several times, but in a good way. I learned so much, too, about what it means to navigate the world without sight, and I especially loved all the details of being matched with and working with a guide dog. The excerpts from Kevin’s own journal are lovely markers throughout. Truly heartwarming and a quick, rewarding read. Highly recommended!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stevo Brock

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of August 2018, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Legg

    Fairly quick read. Uplifting and gives one a new perspective.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jane Thompson

    Blindness Story An interesting book, it submits the story of a young man who unexpectedly we my into blindness and tells about his adjustment to that and then twenty years later, he, just as unexpectedly regains his sight. How he has changed And what he learns about life and himself Are the keys to this book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Winking

    If you love to read true stories then this book is for you! The author tells the story brilliantly, at times I could almost feel what Kevin was feeling and experiencing, this story is full of sadness, inspiration, hope and insight. This was a beautifully written tear jerking and empowering book. This story should appeal to almost everyone out there as there aren't may people who have not struggled with one or more of the issues Kevin has faced. Highly recommended. 4 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne V.

    Amazing story Kevin lives in my neighborhood in NYC and for the last 17 yrs while walking my dogs I would always run into him with his dog(s), now sweet Elias. He has always been so positive all these years despite his sight condition. I will never forget the day I ran into him and he told me he could see me! His sight was coming back! This is truly an inspiring book to give hope and belief in miracles. I highly recommend this book. It should be required reading on every book list.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jaime F.

    A miracle with in a miracle. Uplifting book and well written. Traci Medford-Rosow with the help of Kevin Coughlin's journal of his sudden blindness, depicts a simple and confused world of darkness and new frustrations in Kevin's life. A day to day routine has much more significance in someone's existence. But then, light starts to re-appear in small dozes and all hopes are valid ones now. Gratifying reading and happy developments.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pegboard

    If I had one word to describe Unblinded, it would be: Powerful! Traci Medford-Rosow takes on the challenge of conveying the miracle Kevin Coughlin’s life has become since becoming blind. The miracle of recovering his sight is just one small part of the marvel of his life. Kevin fought many demons when he lost his eyesight, and to some people they would view this as a tragedy. In reality, blindness revealed the depths of darkness his life has developed.     Unblinded is such an inspiring novel that If I had one word to describe Unblinded, it would be: Powerful! Traci Medford-Rosow takes on the challenge of conveying the miracle Kevin Coughlin’s life has become since becoming blind. The miracle of recovering his sight is just one small part of the marvel of his life. Kevin fought many demons when he lost his eyesight, and to some people they would view this as a tragedy. In reality, blindness revealed the depths of darkness his life has developed.     Unblinded is such an inspiring novel that the readers will feel they can overcome their own trivial trials after reading what Kevin Coughlin endured and came out thriving. Traci Medford-Rosow has a gift of allowing you to live through Kevin’s life. The chapters are short as they emphasize milestones in his life. This novel encourages the reader to view their life choices and prompts them to accomplish more with what they have. I felt moved by Kevin’s attitude and want to implement his outlook in life to my life.   

  29. 4 out of 5

    Honey Bee

    One mans story of triumph winning through adversity, I'm a sucker for true stories in this genre and that's why I chose to read this book. A beautifully written story that draws you in making you feel that you are also experiencing Kevins frustrations. The story unfolds at a good pace and kept me totally engrossed right to the very end! A must read in my opinion, very highly recommended. A truly inspirational read that will in my opinion appeal to everyone!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monica Reents

    Sometimes you read a book that moves you, stays with you long after you've read the last page, you can definitely say those things about Unblinded. I'm always interested to learn about people and how they manage life altering situations. I cannot imagine losing my eyesight, and to read about the journey Kevin went on through all his years blind, was inspirational. I enjoyed that he allowed his emotions to be part of the story as he maneuvered life and the many challenges that he faced. I believe Sometimes you read a book that moves you, stays with you long after you've read the last page, you can definitely say those things about Unblinded. I'm always interested to learn about people and how they manage life altering situations. I cannot imagine losing my eyesight, and to read about the journey Kevin went on through all his years blind, was inspirational. I enjoyed that he allowed his emotions to be part of the story as he maneuvered life and the many challenges that he faced. I believe this book has a lot to offer to readers, whether facing adversity, or not. It teaches a lesson in hope, faith/beliefs, courage, and perseverance. Knowing that life is full of challenges and actually having to face them are two different things. Here, readers are given the opportunity to see that a challenge that seems out of your hands doesn't mean it should be given up on. For me, this is a 3.5 star book. I feel that there was a lot more information that could have been shared. It would have been interesting to read about his learning various techniques to adapt to the loss of his sight. Also, when he regains his sight, did he have further testing as to why it came back, would it be permanent, what did his doctor say? Granted, regaining his sight was a miracle and I'm thrilled for him! This wasn't a bad book, I just feel that the book could have been a bit longer and gone a bit deeper.

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