This is the story of Courtney Blum and her daughter Reese: a normal three-year-old in every way, who one day, for no apparent reason, suddenly went blind. It’s about their family’s fight to save Reese’s vision as she went into the dark, and their personal journey as they came into the light, discovering that being blind doesn’t mean you see any less of the world.
As children grow up and mature they want to claim their independence. Reese is no exception. And since it's Reese, there's no stopping her. In this episode, she has moved out of the bedroom she and her brother share and sets off around the neighborhood alone to walk the dog.
Being blind necessarily makes some things harder, but with hacks and tricks, hard things can become easier. In this episode, we talk about the different things Courtney and her family have put in place to help Reese navigate daily activities that the sighted take for granted.
The Elevator Speech
Everyone has questions when they see a small child and realize she’s blind. This scenario happens over and over when Reese is out and meets people. But what do you say when your child isn’t yet ready to talk about being blind?
In Search of Normal
Life goes on. School continues. Radical surgery is performed. Will any of Reese’s vision be returned? The family’s life has a new normal — something they try to make as normal as possible.
Test after Test
Reese’s eyes have revolted, and her doctors don’t know what to do to help reattach her unusually detached retinas. No one knows what she can see with her minimal, remaining vision. Courtney talks about what it’s like to suddenly be parents to a blind child with no knowledge or experience or to guide them. Just keeping Reese and her delicate eyes safe becomes a challenge.
Into the Dark
We meet Courtney Blum and her three-year-old daughter Reese, who lost her vision. This episode takes place today, during COVID-19 with Reese’s challenges doing remote learning. School at home when you're blind is a different kind of challenge when you can’t see the screen. Courtney discusses how Reese become blind and what impacts it had on her and her family.