I see double when I try to look straight ahead. At school everything looked a blur even when I sat in the front row. I learnt to tilt my head to avoid the double vision with the result that more than one teacher suspected that I was deaf and asked my parents to look into it.
I have Duane Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder in my left eye, astigmatisms in both eyes and I was short sighted. There was nothing to be done about the left eye; I will always tilt my head to see straight but the glasses gave me perfect vision and relieved the migraines I’d suffered for years.
In books I discovered new worlds to visit. I disappeared less into myself. In books I found words and ways to express my thoughts and feelings. When my teacher wrote praises on my essays and my submissions to the Students’ Journal were accepted, when I won competitions in children’s magazines, I started to think of myself as a writer.
Then I was sent to Australia and had to start again in a new language.