Five Sentence Fiction: Vision

Four years ago she would never have dreamed of writing such a story…Back then she had preferred to pretend that it hadn’t happened, and on the odd occasion, when she did acknowledge the change, she professed to friend and foe, that it did not matter

A stroke of the eye, had robbed her of 90% of the vision in her right eye.

True to form, three weeks after the stroke, she returned to work… it was her way of coping with the fact that her entire world had collapsed….it was easier to keep going than to stop and sit with deep sense of alienation she felt from family, friends and herself.

Five sentence alone would capture the depths of anguish, frustration and sadness that enveloped her when finally, one and a half years after falling ill, she had the courage, strength and insight to sit with the overwhelming sadness that had weighed her down for, if she was honest, her entire life.

And slowly, ever so slowly, the passing of time provided a space for healing…and as the anger, hurt and frustration subsided she was left with an awareness that her loss of the sight was responsible for clarity of vision…the event was the catalyst for change, the most tragic event in her life to date was indeed the greatest of gifts.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 21:35:04

    Kate! This post is SENsational! Beautifully written, and I loved reading it.


  2. Claire
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 22:01:03

    That was a beautiful piece of writing! I loved the emotion, and the optimistic end.


    • Catch Up With A Mate
      Dec 27, 2012 @ 03:28:22

      Thanks Claire…The story is a personal one…I suffered from a stroke of the eye four years ago…so I am glad that you picked up on the emotion! It took me a long time to view the event with an optimistic outlook…but I am getting there!!


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