- Virginia encourages you to find that path to deeper passion and joy
- A Journey from Tragedy to Triumph
Virginia Jacko, (Baccalaureate & Master of Science / Degree). ” I have to tell you something, that might sound strange. It is fascinating to experience Jacko’s encroaching blindness, which she manages to keep secret for years.
I feel blessed by my retinitis pigmentosa – by being blind. I didn’t ask for it, and I suppose the great majority of people would see it as a curse, or at best a very mixed blessing. . . .
I ‘ve really found my bliss at the Lighthouse. I’ve found tremendous passion. I can’t really say whether I’m called in some way, whether what’s happened is part of some kind of divine plan for my life; all I know is I’m blessed to have a passion because a lot of people – maybe most people – go through life without much passion.”
Jose Feliciano On The Blind Visionary: “They say that truth can be stranger than fiction; and here in this case, it would be difficult to make up a story that so vividly demonstrates triumph in attitude, courage, creativity and tenacity over adversity…”
Jacko is telling her own story. A champion debater in high school and college, Jacko admits she loves the podium, and she is well aware of the types of information and anecdotes that will engage her audience.
Jacko bumps into tables and unintentionally snubs people she doesn’t see. One day, she unpacks her lunch at a staff meeting, unaware that she has brought a can of beer rather than diet Coke.
Jacko remains relentlessly composed. But as listeners, we wonder how long she can keep it up.
Our tension rises along with hers when she arrives at a meeting with the new president of Purdue and realizes he has all new furniture — much of it glass.
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