Masquerading as a Sighted Person
by Philip F. DiMeo
For over fourteen years, Philip DiMeo, a talented cartoonist and social worker, led a double life, masquerading as a fully sighted person, while becoming blind. What prompted him to hide his condition? Pride and fear that if his impending blindness were discovered, he would lose all that was important: his job, mobility and home.
He concealed his vision loss, hid the secret, a secret that he believed could potentially ruin his life, but in hindsight opened doors. At most social functions, fearful that he would trip, bump into someone or knock something over, his wife propelled him around. Ignoring warnings from his ophthalmologist, he continued driving despite a series of auto accidents which included driving onto the railroad tracks with an oncoming train approaching. Philip reveals that, despite diagnoses by three ophthalmologists and three optometrists, he denied having retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited, degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and often blindness.
When Philip finally confronted his disability, he found that the challenges of his vision loss were the springboard for achievements to come. BINOCULARS is the sensitive, amazing and astonishingly revealing first-hand account of a man who achieves incredible feats with his courage and talent, while finally coming to terms with his blindness.
"...a sensitive, amazing and astonishingly revealing first-hand account...
— Midwest Book Review
"His blindness closed some doors in his life, but opened others. This is a truly
— Bookviews by Alan Caruba
Philip F. DiMeo is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and former cartoonist for The Post, Crossroads and the Vietnam veterans’ newspaper, The Honey Bucket. His cartoons have been featured in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He was also a social worker for Milwaukee County Children’s Protective Services. Despite the challenges presented by blindness, he hasn’t let it limit him: he is the coach of Kelly’s Bleachers, the most successful co-ed softball team in Milwaukee history. He lives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Nonfiction, 6 x 9, 320 pages
8 page photo insert
LC# 2014950536, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-493-2 (hc), $24.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-494-9 (eBook), $24.95