I was blinded and severely mauled by a grizzly bear and barely lived to tell about it. I've adjusted to blind life and gone on to earn my masters, marry the love of my life, write a book, raise two kids, and land my dream job. -AMA
Hi everyone, My name is Dan Bigley. In 2003 after a stellar day of salmon fishing in Alaska, the last thing I ever saw was the grizzly bear that took my eyes. The mauling left me without sight or smell and with extensive injuries all over my body. Just the previous night I'd begun a relationship with an amazing woman who would later become my wife and mother of my two children. Ask me anything about the bear mauling, my immediate recovery and learning I had been blinded, earning my masters degree and learning to live as a blind man, writing the book 'Beyond the Bear', technologies for the blind, fishing in Alaska, my professional career with troubled children, my love story with my wife or about being a blind father.
P.S. As someone new to Reddit, using a screen reader to do an AMA is a little challenging, so to expedite answering your questions a family member will help me find questions and respond; but all answers are written by me. I apologize in advance if it takes me a little longer than normal to get to your question.
P.P.S. If you're wondering how reddit looks to me, on a Mac just type Command + F5 and then close your eyes. :)
[UPDATE - 4PM EDT] Time flies when you’re having fun, and I am enjoying your great questions very much. I have to step away for about an hour, but will be back to answer more question soon. So, please keep the questions coming, and I’ll look forward to continuing our interaction on this very cool forum. If you’re planning on signing out in the meantime, please remember to live with love. :)
[UPDATE - 5PM EDT] Hey all, Just wanted to let you know I’m back now and will be responding to your questions again. Feel free to ask me anything. The questions so far have been great.
[UPDATE - 7:45PM EDT] Thanks all for the great questions. I'd better get back to work so I can be home in time for dinner with Amber and the kids. I'll come back tomorrow morning and check if there are any new popular questions. In the mean time, please checkout my Facebook page or BeyondTheBear's Facebook page (which I co-authored with Deb McKinney) and you can always follow me on Twitter.