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Blindness Doesn't Stop Spokane Teacher

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - What she can do: Compete in the Wonder Woman Triathlon in Medical Lake, keep her class of fourth-graders at McDonald Elementary engaged and on task, supervise the busy schedules of her two teenagers.

What she can't do: Read a paperback, drive a car, see the top line on a standard eye exam chart.

At age 16, Cindy Bergdahl was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, juvenile macular degeneration.

Stargardt disease is an inherited form of age-related macular degeneration and results in a gradual loss of vision. Bergdahl was told to forget about attending college. In fact, the list of "you can'ts" she heard far outweighed the list of "you cans."

      
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