“I’m a human being in this body that can’t see.”

By Liz Zabel

At  9 years old, Clay Gerganus was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. After struggling with the disease for several years, it took his eyesight at age 23. Despite his disability, Gerganus continues to remain optimistic. He believes his blindness has taught him tolerance and has led him to live an overall better life than the one he was living beforehand, working as an autobody technician: “painting cars and going nowhere fast.” Now, Gerganus is a family man with a wife, two kids, and 3 dogs. Being blind has never, and will never stop him from raising his family and living his life. After all, he says, “I’m a human being in this body that can’t see.”