Unblinded: One Man's Courageous Journey Through Darkness to Sight

Unblinded: One Man's Courageous Journey Through Darkness to Sight

by Traci Medford-Rosow, Kevin Coughlin


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Unblinded is the true story of New Yorker Kevin Coughlin, who became blind at age thirty-six due to a rare genetic disorder known as Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Twenty years later, without medical intervention, Kevin’s sight miraculously started to return. He is the only known person in the world who has experienced a spontaneous, non-medically assisted, regeneration of the optic nerve. Unblinded follows Kevin’s descent into darkness, and his unexplained reemergence to sight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683507826
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 811,812
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Traci Medford-Rosow is the award-winning author of bestseller Inflection Point: War and Sacrifice in Corporate America. She is also the author of Data Exclusivity: Encouraging Development of New Medicines , as well as numerous op-eds published by Pharmaceutical Executive on key pharmaceutical issues. Traci is a partner in the New York City law firm Richardson & Rosow. Previously, she worked at Pfizer for thirty years as Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Global Head of IP Litigation, and General Counsel of Europe. She is the founder of The College Education Milestone Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping high-performing students attend college. Traci lives in New York City and Mahopac, New York with her husband. They have two adult children.

Kevin Coughlin has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows. He inspired a CNN story chronicling his experience living as a blind person in New York City, which was instrumental in establishing New York City’s first blind advocacy program. His story, Blind Injustice , was featured on the CBS evening news. He lives in New York City with his beloved dog, Elias.

Table of Contents

Prologue xv

Part 1 Descent Into Darkness 1

Chapter 1 Blue Eyes 3

Chapter 2 Liquid Confidence 10

Chapter 3 Dart Boards 18

Chapter 4 Dashed Hopes 22

Chapter 5 ABV 25

Chapter 6 Seeking Support 30

Chapter 7 Blind Man's Bluff 35

Chapter 8 Shattered Beauty 40

Chapter 9 Finding Faith 45

Chapter 10 Brave New World 48

Chapter 11 A New Angle 52

Chapter 12 Les 58

Chapter 13 Wardrobe Madness 62

Chapter 14 Lost and Found 67

Chapter 15 Rugged Ruger 71

Chapter 16 Pencil Man 78

Chapter 17 Bent Knees 82

Chapter 18 The Bowery 85

Part 2 Amazing Grace 93

Chapter 19 Angels Among Us 94

Chapter 20 Blind Injustice 98

Chapter 21 Random Acts of Kindness 102

Chapter 22 Words 106

Chapter 23 Bumper Cars 109

Chapter 24 The Christmas Present 113

Chapter 25 Au Revoir, Ruger 118

Chapter 26 Soufflé and Elias 124

Chapter 27 Crossing Bridges 131

Chapter 28 Itchy Feet 137

Chapter 29 Cheryl's Prayer 142

Chapter 30 One Last Kiss 147

Chapter 31 In Focus 153

Chapter 32 Snowfall 156

Chapter 33 The Yellow Cab 160

Epilogue 163

Kevin Today 167

Appendix A Kevin's Journal 168

Appendix B Prologue - Excerpt from Inflection Point 195

About the Authors 200

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Unblinded: One Man's Courageous Journey through Darkness to Sight 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LibrarianJunkie 5 months ago
An Inspiring Story That Provides Hope and Happiness for the Disabled 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. Have a good evening my friend!
Anonymous 6 months ago
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!
jbarr5 9 months ago
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.
Gemma Davison 9 months ago
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.
Coffeedogswineandbooks 12 months ago
This book is an inspirational story about a man facing the challenges of sudden blindness and alcoholism. However, it is not well written. There were some details in the book that made me question the accuracy of the story. For example, the author writes that Kevin calls a friend and asks him to Google his disease. Kevin is no longer able to read and this is why he does this, which makes sense. However, this was in early 1997 and Google wasn’t really around until September 1998 and “googling” something wasn’t a term that was used for a few years after that. It may sound like a small detail, but it set the stage for me to question other scenarios in the book after that that just didn’t ring true. Like when Kevin went to his first doctor who called him from the waiting room into his office, not an exam room like you would expect, and began speaking to his stockbroker on the phone. Being in medicine, this didn’t sound plausible to me. Patients are almost always called by a medical assistant directly into an exam room. Maybe it happened like that, but my BS meter was already on high alert. I did enjoy the parts of the book that helped me to understand what it’s like to suddenly lose your sight and also loved the story about Kevin’s guide dogs.
W.TerryWhalin More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JLCallison More than 1 year ago
A heartbreaking, yet heartwarming story at the same time. The lessons Kevin learned along the way are lessons we all should learn, but few of us do. I particularly liked the inclusion of one of Kevin's journal entries within each chapter. Highly recommended.