To say that I was shocked when I was diagnosed with Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy would be an understatement. During the year that followed, I struggled to accept the reality of having the disease, undergo two eye surgeries, and maintain a positive outlook. Writing about the experience helped me to express my feelings as well as reach out to my friends for much-needed support. Finding a way to continue making art kept me sane. This book is a collection of blog entries and Facebook posts written about my ophthalmological journey and selected images from new bodies of work created from March 2012 to March 2013.
Cheryl Rau is a fine art photographer, poet, and storyteller. Her visual art has appeared in regional, national, and international juried group exhibitions. Prior to her marvelous mid-life awakening (during which she discovered that she was an artist), Cheryl held professional positions in marketing/communications, event management, and training. Her career spans a broad range of environments including manufacturing, government contractor, small business, and nonprofit organizations. Cheryl is a graduate of the photography program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Portland, ME). She earned a bachelor of arts in Journalism & Communications from Point Park College (Pittsburgh, PA). Originally from Pennsylvania, Cheryl lived in the Washington, DC area for 15 years prior to relocating to the Maine coast.
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