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Bill, I recall the day you took ill. The same day I had a stomach disorder too, so it was a shock to learn of your coma and illness. Your writing is a profound statement of what it means to encounter a disabling health issue and how lucky we all are to have another day on the planet.

Moving stories to touch many hearts. Mine was touched. Thank YOU!


Bill, what an uplifting and inspiring story! You have a great spirit, with your ability to see the good in everything and get the most out of life. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with the rest of us. Merry Christmas - and happy, happy new year!

Bill - Your stories highlight how important all the "small" things in life are to us - the holiday food smells, the voices of family and friends, a soft warm quilt or blanket. When I remember these things, it reminds me how many in our country don't have these simple pleasures and how giving to those less fortunate makes their holidays memorable too. After all, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men is what the season is about. Thanks for reminding us and inspiring us !

Bill you are a true inspiration to all and thank you for sharing your experiences with others. Your stories help others understand obstacles and emotions that most of us can not imagine or have not ever experienced. I'm so inspired by your strength and determination and your compasion for the difficulties and emotions that Kathy endured during your stay in the hospital. Thank you for reminding us to not take life for granted! I hope you and Kathy have a wonderful Christmas and the best New Year ever!

When I get mail from you, I sense the humility and strength of Jesus Christ. The incredible difficulties you've had to overcome as a result of the blindness makes me want to be a better Christian by seeking His face. I never hear you preach.... you just humbly take His direction and walk in faith. It's a privilege to know you.

Bill -
Thanks so much for sharing. Powerful!

Hello Beth, Debbe, Avril, Barbara, Mary Ellen, Cherie, Wolffman and everyone else!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. All of your comments truly touched me and most likely all the other readers we have from all over the world. For those of you who did not comment and just took time to read story; I thank you as well.

As we have seen from our comments the simplest things are life’s most important, when it really comes down to it. Like family, friends and the basic essentials in life. During the holidays some people might be too rushed to think about what the holidays really mean or what they represent in their pursuit to go through the motions of giving the external appearance that the individual is really experiencing the true joy of the holidays. .

As you have read in my initial stories; you never know what will happen to change your life forever; or even worse you might not be around to experience the pleasure of another holiday. We will pray that last thought not to be the case for any of us. There is no time in our lives’ to take things for granted!!

I want to share a family holiday tradition with you. When I had eyesight I would decorate a Christmas tree each year. Now that I am blind I will not let this family tradition pass me up. Read my story I call Decorating a Christmas Tree With No Eyesight at following URL.

Does anyone have any special stories, traditions or thoughts you want to share about the holidays? Any special challenges with possible solutions you want to share? We would all love to hear from you.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Bill Tipton
Contributing Author,
Global Dialogue Center

Hi Bill and everyone. For me the holidays are and have always been a very happy time. Fortunately I have never been in the hospital during a holiday. I celebrate Christmas, but I have some neighbors living above me who celebrate Hanukkah and all other Jewish holidays. However, theirs are quite somber because the eldest son died suddenly at age 27. I would prefer not to disclose the cause of death because it is very painful. But anyway, I have really enjoyed participating in their holiday traditions. I have a friend who actually was in the hospital over Thanksgiving this year. This friend is not visually-impaired but he is very diabetic and he has some other disabilities. Anyway, he was on vacation with his family, and he slipped in the shower and broke his leg pretty badly. The surgery had been postponed numerous times due to various complications, but it was finally done and my friend is now in rehab at an extended-care facility.

Hey Bill - wishing you and Kathy a happy and healthy New Year. What a beautifully written article you wrote!

I recall the shock I felt of hearing of your illness. It suprises me to think that was over seven years ago! I recall coming to Mountain View and seeing you at the office and it does seem like yesterday. I also remember how happy, relieved, and glad all of us at HP were to hear you came out of your coma, and were able to return to work. Your recovery and ongoing work are an inspiration to me and to everyone who has read or heard your story!

Happy New Year,

That was great, I will start to send this to my friends who are special Ed teachers.It was a pleasure to meet you and tour wife. God Bless you amd all the people with a big heart like you.


It was really nice talking to you today.
And your sharing of your Blog. It has indeed inspired me a lot after reading of your courage and strength to overcome the obstacles in live. (I have been sick for the past week with a nasty flu and very bad throat infection and already I was feeling so sorry for myself...). Your Blog has liven me again ! Thanks

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