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Seeing the world through Emily's eyes
Losing her vision overnight has not
held Liz Dawson back from writing
a book on temporal arteritis Where
Is My Left Eyebrow: Losing my
Sight Overnight and helping
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Liz Dawson describes her partner in
crime, the bold and vivacious Emily,
as her biggest helper since suddenly
losing her vision three years ago.
"My Emily is ... very bold. People
don't have the courage to turn you
away when Emily marches up to
Mrs Dawson's description of her
long walking cane aptly describes the
lively woman behind it.
Losing her vision overnight amid a
continuing cancer battle hasn't
stopped the founder of Canberra's
Common Ground housing project
from putting others before herself.
This week she will launch Where Is
My Left Eyebrow: Losing my Sight
Overnight in an effort to raise
awareness of the temporal arteritis that
stole her vision and to help others with
"I couldn't find any books on
women so, I decided a book by a
woman was needed. I wanted this
book to be the book I couldn't find."
Mrs Dawson's first complaints of
pulsing arteries at the sides of her head
were initially brushed aside as little
more than a headache.
It wasn't until she was rushed to the
emergency department that she was
diagnosed with temporal arteritis. She
lost all vision except for just 4 per cent
sight in her right eye.
"When I woke up the next morning
I woke up to a different world.
[But] it isn't the end of the world
if you lose your sight. You can do
things and be useful and change the
Mrs Dawson set to work on her
novel immediately, during a bout of
chemotherapy, to do just that. The
chemotherapy has since stopped but
Ms Dawson's zest for life hasn't.
"You just have to live every day.
Emily helps me stand up straight and
look positive, so I don't look like I'm
going to be bowled over easily."
Where Is My Left Eyebrow will be
launched at the ACT Legislative
Assembly on Thursday, July 24,
5pm. RSVP: kate.dawson@
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT
Conservation Council executive
director Clare Henderson
1I love the Bush Capital. We are very
lucky that most Canberrans live
within close proximity to our fantastic
Nature Reserves. Over half of the ACT
is protected area, much of which is
interwoven with the city's urban
fabric. We are able to Live Next to
Nature''. This does bring
responsibility to be Good
Neighbours to the Bush Next Door''
through measures such as containing
cats and managing weed species.
2We are also lucky to have a number
of species and habitats listed as
matters of national environmental
significance. For example, about
95 per cent of Yellow Box-Red Gum
Grassy Woodland has been destroyed
nationally. Large patches are rare
outside of the ACT. Yet the remaining
ACT patches are large and have very
high regional and national
3At a time when there is a rather
unedifying national debate about
the need for action on climate change
and how to deliver it, here in the ACT
I'm proud we are doing our bit with
the most ambitious greenhouse gas
reduction targets in Australia -- a
40 per cent greenhouse gas reduction
by 2020 and a 90 per cent renewable
energy target by 2020, and importantly
there is a plan to deliver this.
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