Vanessa Potter: She Woke Up Seeing and Went to Bed Blind.

In just 72-hours, Vanessa Potter went from sighted to blind, and able-bodied to paralyzed. Nothing would ever be the same.

This is the story of the brain gone haywire that led to a life transformed.

Guest: A married mother of two young kids, Potter spent 16 years as an award-winning broadcast producer in London. Then, in October 2012 fate conspired to turn the lights out on her, and overnight she found herself blind and unable to walk.


Vanessa’s response was anything but usual.  She began to document the entire journey on audio. Her curiosity and quest for answers led her to Cambridge University persuading neuroscientists to help her research what was happening in her brain, This led to a powerful collaboration on a brainwave-imaging project that invited members of the public to see and hear their own brainwaves translated into music and art.

Potter was invited to give a TEDx talk and recently shared more of her story in her first, Patient H69: The Story of my Second Sight. In today’s Good Life Project podcast, we talk about what led to that fateful day, what actually happened in her body and brain, the incredibly unusual way she learned to cope and then thrive with a new reality, and how she is today.

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