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But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold Hardcover – December 4, 2012

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“Steven is a class act, and his story is one of perseverance. I am lucky to have heard it from Steven himself, just as you will in these pages. The Olympic Movement is a movement about friendship, excellence, and respect, and you will see those values very clearly in Steven’s story.”
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

Steven Holcomb is an American bobsled driver who won the Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the first gold medal in four-man bobsledding for the United States since 1948. He also won the 2009 World Championship in Lake Placid, N.Y., the first American to achieve that feat since 1959.

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937856003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought the book to answer one question -- did Holcomb have vision problems before LASIK, and now I know the answer is clearly no. He simply needed glasses or contacts. No mention of vision problems before LASIK in the book.

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.
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An open and honest accounting of a man who had to face he was going blind! Steve Holcomb shows that people can not only persevere in the face of tragedy but can actually excel in what they set out to accomplish. His words describing his journey with keratoconus in layman's terms that the average person can understand and how he persevered in a sport that required him to see well are an encouragement to anyone who is facing trials in their life.

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.
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By Lisa on January 29, 2014
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I bought this book because I have Kerataconus. Like Steven I have been given a grim prognosis and no encouragement.
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.
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Excellent book, my son was just treated with the cross linking and this book is amazing--will read it again, thanks so much for writing your story. I gave him a copy of your book and he was so thankful-he races cars when he can so can relate to the story. Much needed book!!!
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This deals with an eye condition which a family member has. I bought the book for her to see if it might help. It's about an amazing procedure to replace corneal transplants. I read it as well just to become educated about this condition.
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Steve Holcomb became a hero when he told his story. He shows us that it is not what we see with our eyes can make us great but sometimes it is what is unseen. His story is not only the courage while losing his sight but how finally steps up to his coach and tells him the truth no matter what he could lose.
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I completely enjoyed reading how Steven Holcomb began life in Park City and his life events that took him to the Olympics. I was impressed that he shared such personal feelings when he was so discouraged and facing significant health issues. I read the book in one day on my Kindle. It is an easy read and flows very well. Time just skips along without being noticed. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Bobsleigh Racing or to read another biography of an Olympic athlete who has given so much to represent our country on the world stage.
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A beautifully written story by an extraordinary gifted athlete who overcame countless obstacles to achieve a lifelong dream many of us wouldn't have the courage to pursue. Knowing Steven personally, I can attest to his integrity, perseverance, and the sacrifices made to achieve his goals in life and in sport. Being a very private and humble person, he courageously details the darkest moments of his life with the intention only to show that anything IS possible and miracles are everywhere. Steven's story is one of true inspiration and hope. He is world class in every respect - on and off the track. Go Stevie Go!
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