Hi, my name is Richard Simpson. I live in Bowling Green, Kentucky and am suffering from
a degenerative eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa. I'm here, not for anyone to
feel sorry for me, but to make people aware of the disease and to gather information. I
am in the process of trying to get a legal visa to enter Cuba to get an operation that
hopefully will at least stop the degeneration.
I am a husband and father of two sons. I still work but am not sure how much longer I
will be able to because it becomes increasingly difficult to see. Several other members
of my family suffer from the same disease and are already totally blind. I want to see
my sons grow up, go to college, and have families of their own. This is not too much to
ask...what I ask of you is to browse my web pages and learn more about retinitis pigmentosa.
I welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions. If I am able to go to Cuba for this
operation, I will put my experiences and progess on here as well. Wish me luck!
The following links will take you to:
contents of a pamphlet that gives a wealth of information
about the disease, people who have had the operation, etc.,
an article published about my fight for a legal visa
to go to Cuba for the operation,
an editorial that appeared in our local newspaper after the feature article appeared, and
some links of similar pages belonging to people with
retinitis pigmentosa and organizations involved with it.
I invite you to e-mail me with your comments, suggestions, similar experiences, or just a
note of support.
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