Ten years ago, in 2007, I bought myself Braille equipment and books and learn to read with my fingers. I was preparing for the possibility that I might lose my vision. Not that I expected it to happen, but it was good to have a contingency, so I learn Braille at the age of 21. ‘
Nine years later, in 2016, I really lost my vision but due to Neurofibromatosis. It was due to human error and negligence in the ward after my successful brain surgery.
Prior to losing my vision for real, I learn and enjoyed reading Braille using my finger tips. It felt great to understand words, sentences and eventually a whole story using just my fingertips. When I get the “picture” with my finger tips and that picture appears in my brain, my mind lit up like magic and I felt a first of wonderment and amazement. Reading with my finger tips, gave me a different experience compared to reading with my eyes. Reading with my eyes, was easier and maybe I took it for granted.Reading Braille requires more effort so when I understand words this way, I feel a sense of satisfaction that I have never felt before.
But currently, the large tumors in both my arms are causing my finger tips to be numb, so when I put my fingertips on to the dots, I can not recall what they are.
I can not feel the dots – they feel blunt instead of sharp. I can not make up the shape of every Braille alphabet.
I look forward to my next surgery to remove these tumors so that I can read Braille books again. Otherwise, that it little I can do in my daily life being as a deafblind.
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Name: Foong Ming Niang
Public Bank Berhad: 6887203135