Annette Gordon
Lost Her Vision
But Gained Confidence


Voice of the Diabetic

Vol. 22, No. 3                                                                           Summer Edition 2007

Annette Gordon, who went blind from diabetic retinopathy, was afraid to leave the house. Now she teaches others how to cope with being blind.

Voice of the Diabetic

Eileen Rivera Ley
Director of Publishing

Elizabeth Lunt

Suzanne Shaffer
Art Director

Ed Bryant
Editor Emeritus

Gail Brashers-Krug
Director, Special Projects

Ann S. Williams
Contributing Editor

Tom Rivera Ley
Technology Editor

Voice of the Diabetic is the only national publication that focuses on making life with diabetic complications less complicated. Published quarterly by the NFB Diabetes Action Network (DAN), Voice of the Diabetic has a circulation of 320,000 copies. Since 1985, diabetic consumers, families and health care providers have been returning to the Voice for insight and inspiration. Voice of the Diabetic is available in print, four-track audio cassette, e-mail and on the Web at

Our Mission: The NFB Diabetes Action Network educates, empowers, and inspires people living with diabetes and its complications. We share the Federation’s “can-do” philosophy through Voice of the Diabetic magazine, volunteer peer support, and advocacy for accessible diabetes technology. Together, we challenge one another to live our best and fullest lives.

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Copyright 2007 Diabetes Action Network, National Federation of the Blind. ISSN 1041-8490




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Posted: June 2007