Michael Jordan once said: “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
Special Olympics Wilkes County Athlete, Christy Poteat, has spent her entire life figuring out just how to work around those obstacles in her path.
Born three months premature, Poteat weighed only two pounds, 15 ounces. To keep her alive, doctors administered oxygen to her throughout her nearly two-month hospital stay and while this was important for most of her development, it was detrimental to her vision. Because of an over-administration of oxygen, she developed Retinopathy of Prematurity, causing her to become mostly blind in both of her eyes.
“I can see the shapes of objects that are near me and sometimes bright colors that are farther away from me,” Poteat says, “and that’s about all.”