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.
Episode 10 - Reese
We hear from Reese as she shares her thoughts on virtual learning, typing, jumping on trampolines and narrating herself.
Episode 9 - Typio
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, schools were adjusting and strategizing to figure out how to accommodate their students. During a two-week layoff from school, Reese is introduced to Typio, a typing tutor. Reese is enthralled and teaches Courtney a lesson about how she perceives herself.
Episode 8 - Lighthouse
Family vacations are often filled with memories, adventures and experiences. But sightseeing doesn't draw much interest when you are blind. In an effort to put herself in Reese's shoes, Courtney decides on a trip to a lighthouse that she is going to take in the experience without using her vision.
Episode 7 - In the Beginning
A recent instance of Reese experiencing eye pain leads to the telling of the story of how it all started. Courtney explains what happened to Reese's eyes, the initial events and emotions the family experienced, and what transpired at the hospital.
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.