Making up for decades of lost time.
Mike Schickerowski was considered legally blind until not long ago but a life-changing procedure corrected that. The Canadian resident traveled to California for the experimental procedure, which was not your typical corrective eye surgery. He was born with Nystagmus, a condition where the eyes make repetitive, uncontrolled movements that result in reduced vision. "If you've ever taken a photo with your camera and moved it slightly or the object moved and it's a blur, it's the exact same symptoms," Schickerowski said to Global News.
"My brain would never interpret the image as a steady picture - it was always a blur."
The surgery fixed that in October 2018 and since then Schickerowski has been able to do things he previously never could, like taking his kids for ice cream. But there was another thing he always wanted: a driver's license. Schickerowski passed his driver's license test earlier this month (on the first try!) and he rightly decided to splurge on his first car: a bright yellow C7 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport.
In fact, he bought the car, sight unseen, even before he took the driver's test, which surely served as a motivation factor to pass. "Some people said, 'Oh, it's Alberta, you need a truck,' and sure I like trucks - they're nice - but everybody's got a truck," Schickerowski said.
"[The car] was beautiful to see," he said, "but it was more the realization of what I missed my whole life. It was an emotional breakdown. My mom was bawling, and my wife was ecstatic. It was never supposed to happen." With his vision restored, Schickerowski realizes the countless "possibilities of the future and the opportunities that are there."
Having that new Vette is just one very small part of that, but it's still one hell of a way to get started on a whole new life. Enjoy the ride, Mike!