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But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold Hardcover – December 4, 2012
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Scott Blackmun, CEO, U.S. Olympic Committee
Steven Holcomb’s vision of a goal was not only seen with the eyes, but also with his heart! As you will read in But Now I See, true champions always find a way to win.”
Richard H. Wright, President/CEO, AdvoCare
About the Author
A veteran of the Utah Army National Guard, Holcomb is the only Olympic athlete for whom a medical procedure is named: the Holcomb C3-R procedure for keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease that can lead to total blindness. Holcomb was cured of keratoconus from the procedure and went on to become America’s most decorated bobsledder.
He continues to drive the USA-1 sled, The Night Train, and will compete to defend his Olympic title at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Steve Eubanks is a bestselling author and sports writer who has collaborated with such noteworthy athletes as golf great Arnold Palmer, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, hall of fame football coach Lou Holtz, Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger, and nine-time world champion rodeo cowboy Ty Murray.
Top Customer Reviews
In an effort to cover-up the risk of corneal ectasia ("keratoconus") from LASIK, LASIK surgeons routinely, and deliberately, misdiagnose post-LASIK ectasia as keratoconus. While the two diseases are very similar (bulging/steepening of the cornea with associated progression of myopia and irregular astigmatism), they are not the same histopathologic processes (See: Meghpara et al. Keratectasia after laser in situ keratomileusis: a histopathologic and immunohistochemical study. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Dec;126(12):1655-63.)
If a patient did not have keratoconus or early signs of keratoconus before LASIK and experienced corneal steepening with vision loss after LASIK, as Holcomb did, then the correct diagnosis is likely post-LASIK corneal ectasia.
In fairness, there is a genetic component to keratoconus, and Holcomb says his mom was diagnosed with keratoconus, so it's possible that he was at greater risk for the disease than someone with no family history of keratoconus. But it's clear, Holcomb's vision problems did not start until he had LASIK. LASIK caused it. I wish Holcomb would make that clear in his interviews -- he could save a lot of people from having LASIK and possibly losing their eyesight like he did.
I ordered this book for the father of an 11 year old that has been diagnosed wtih Keratoconus - a disease that is rapidly robbing her of her sight. Steve Holcomb shares how he consulted 12 opthamologists who said there is no cure - that the ONLY treatment was cornea transplants. The parents live in the Caribbean and had been told the same by the doctors there. When I found there to be other options I began communicating with the parents for a year but got little feedback. Once I gave the father this book and asked him to read it - and pointed to where Steve said he went to 12 opthamologist only to be told there was no cure - and that cornea transplants were their only option, suddenly they began openly communicating with me. Why? Because Steve's words gave them hope - hope that the same procedure could do the same for their daughter. His truthful sharing of his own emotions as he began to lose his sight helped us to understand what an 11 year old girl was feeling as her friends have started to shun her because of her diminishing vision.
His story, outside of the disease, is wonderful and well worth reading. I'm not a winter sports person but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book.
I will be following up on the Holcomb C3-R . Fingers crossed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author, whose autobiography this is, has led a very full, interesting life with tragedy overcome for one so young. Veteran of the National Guard, Olympic gold medalist... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sharon burton
It was good and learned more about the olimpics then I ever thought of the "behind the scenes " incidences.Published 10 months ago by Sally
I didnt buy this book from Amazon but will comment here anyway:
1. The guy had ecstasia not because of LASIK itself but because he was not a good candidate for it in the... Read more
I enjoyed reading this book and getting another person's experiences with keratoconus. I am contemplating intac surgery and this book gave me a first hand insight to the options.Published on May 14, 2014 by Margi Perchetti
Bought this book as a gift and my friend loved it. Couldn't put it down. It was a true story she wanted to read.Published on April 15, 2014 by Vet Sue
I have this for some time now. This one suits me and my needs and was just as described online. I appreciate the Amazon service.Published on March 24, 2014 by David P.
This was a good read. Especially during the Olympics. Our book club chose this as the author's Mother is in our group.Published on March 9, 2014 by Nancy Gehrung