If there is one silver lining from my sight loss, it is that it has given me the extra impetus to actually pursue my dreams, not merely think about them. To that end, I undertook a number of endeavours including 18 marathons, climbing the highest mountain in Europe and even setting a world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.
This week sees the publication of From Promises to Progress, a new report on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), a group of 17 infectious diseases that between them affect over 1.4 billion of the poorest people in the world.
Events like this within the UK are rare, but this does not mean to say that they do not occur. There is a strong need for a drastic change in the world of the disabled. A set of rules and regulations firmly enforced by the law in order to defend disability minority groups from a confrontation like this and the humiliation of it.
The moment of the Paralympics that I will always remember most vividly was when I got the chance to see it live. I was at the Excel Centre watching the Wheelchair Fencing. The atmosphere was amazing and the crowd really got behind the athletes and supported their countries. It showed that not just able-bodied people can take part in sports - that was really special.
There are an estimated 70,000 school-aged blind children in China - most living in rural areas and villages. The schools which offer special education for VI children are predominantly located in the major cities hundreds or thousands of miles away. A casual visitor to Shanghai, an incredible economic powerhouse of a city, might wonder how such a plight could be possible.