From the April 2010 magazine.

Blindsided

Marking my 30th anniversary of being sober was for me most humbling. I had been through the death of both my parents, the loss of a career, two divorces and several major moves. Never once did I pick up that drink. Little did I know at the time that a few months later, I would face one of my greatest tests so far.

In July of 2004 I had surgery on my right eye to reduce pressure caused by severe glaucoma.

-- O.P.

Santa Rosa, Calif.

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