Learning To Cope with Sight Loss
Six Weeks at a VA Blind Rehabilitation Center
by William L. McGee with Sandra V. McGee
BMC Publications 2010
36 pp, 8.5″ x 11″, softcover
eBook $4.99 Audio CD $12.95
Available on Amazon
“On the morning of August 13, 2003, my wife arrived home to find me sitting at my desk, staring off into space. ‘Sandra,’ I said. ‘I have bad news. I can’t see.’ That morning I had suffered a hemorrhage in my left eye that would render me legally blind from macular degeneration.”–William L. McGee
Sight loss can be a stressful event in anyone’s life. Author and former broadcaster William L. McGee tells how he got back to writing in this inspiring, easy-to-read, illustrated ebook.
Six years after Bill McGee was declared legally blind from macular degeneration, he heard about the V.A. Blind Rehabilitation Treatment Program. In 2009, he applied for and was admitted to the V.A. Blind Rehab Center in Palo Alto, California. For six weeks, he resided with thirty other veterans (or “students” as they are called) and together they learned new ways to cope with their various types of sight loss.
The author provides the official description of each component of the V.A. Blind Rehab Treatment Program, and then provides his own experience and first hand account, plus comments from fellow veterans.
This ebook or Audio CD is recommended reading or listening, meant to inspire and inform anyone with low vision, their families, and caregivers.
Read what others are saying . . .
“Learning to Cope with Sight Loss is the best-written description of the VA’s Blind Rehabilitation Program that I’ve seen and an invaluable tool for those veterans considering participation in one of the Regional Centers.”
–Patrick J. Caskey, M.D., North Bay Vitreoretinal Consultants, Santa Rosa, CA
■ “Despite recent medical advances, patients, far too often, still suffer significant vision loss and require low vision rehabilitation. William McGee’s booklet is an easy-to-read and informative personal journey through the VA Blind Rehabilitation Center.”
—Dante J. Pieramici, MD, Director, California Retina Research Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA
■ “Bill McGee’s ‘Learning To Cope With Sight Loss’ is filled with insightful observations and a complete analysis of all that the world-class VA facilities can offer to our Association members.”
—Tom Miller, Executive Director, Blinded Veterans Association, Washington, D.C.
■ “The most reliable help in sight loss is to profit from others who have learned to cope with it. It’s never going to be easy, but with guidance from others who have been there, things will be less frustrating. Bill shows what a wonderful job the VA is doing to help sight loss sufferers deal effectively with their new condition.”
—Charles Champlin, former film critic and arts editor, Los Angeles Times; author of My Friend, You Are Legally Blind
■ “Bill McGee’s account has made it possible for me to provide answers to questions asked by family and friends.”
—Joseph LoBue, former student, VA Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, Palo Alto, CA
■ “A succinct personal account of Bill’s experiences…he fully explains what so many people are unaware of—the scope of vision rehabilitation services offered by the V.A.”
—Anne Yeadon, M.A., VRT, Executive Director, Vision Aware
■ “I’ve had the pleasure of being a student at the Western Blind Rehab Center on four occasions…all of it a great experience. Bill’s booklet tells it as it really is and I will share with my fellow classmates at Braille here in the Desert.”
—Pete Schabarum, former San Francisco 49er
■ “Bill McGee has one special quality as an author. He has lived everything he writes about, to the fullest, and he conveys his experiences with clarity and human interest, whether he’s delving into his war experiences or his life as a cowboy or his coping with life’s normal, and abnormal, tribulations.”
—Murray Olderman, Hall of Fame sports writer, Award-winning cartoonist and author
■ “You’ve done an excellent job of describing the program at the Western Blind Rehab Center. All veterans who are coping with sight loss should receive a copy of your booklet.”
—Raul A. Rodriguez, former student, VA Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, Palo Alto, CA