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Helen Keller Had It Easy

For a young Patricia Livingstone growing up in the 1960's, some things would never be easy - like seeing and hearing. Stricken with Usher's Syndrome, a rare condition that slowly leads to blindness and deafness, Patricia was slowly shuffled to the outskirts of society.

 

Battling solitude and hospitalization she emerged fiercely motivated to change her life. She grew into a promising painter, and entered into a long term, live-in relationship with another woman - and then the domestic abuse started.  Again, Patricia’s world closed in on itself.  Her senses deteriorated leaving her completely deaf and blind. 

 

But she refused to surrender:  When she could barely see, she taught herself Braille. When she could barely hear, she learned to finger-spell.  And after 42 years of quiet struggle, medical innovation came to her rescue; the insertion of a cochlear implant dramatically restored her hearing, and everything changed. Patricia picked herself up, gained independence, and found the chance for new love.