How a life-chang­ing con­di­tion can per­ma­nently al­ter per­spec­tive

Pretoria News - - Lifestyle - PA­TIENT 69 Vanessa Pot­ter Loot.co.za (R360) BLOOMS­BURY Daily Mail

IN 2012, ev­ery­thing in Vanessa Pot­ter’s life seemed fine. She was hap­pily mar­ried, with two young chil­dren and a busy ca­reer as a me­dia pro­ducer.

But one morn­ing, she awoke to find ev­ery­thing dark and hazy.

By the fol­low­ing morn­ing, 90% of her sight had gone. Af­ter end­less med­i­cal tests, there was no an­swer to the ques­tion: “What is wrong with me?” A week later, her sight be­gan to re­turn – though with the colour drained from ev­ery­thing she saw. It turned out that she was suf­fer­ing from De­vic’s disease, a rare au­toim­mune dis­or­der. Her mem­oir de­scribes how her ex­pe­ri­ence moved her life in a new di­rec­tion, and ex­plores the sci­ence be­hind her con­di­tion.

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