My daughter (17) was born with bilateral cataracts and glaucoma. She is legally blind. Her eyes do not look "normal", she wears "coke bottle" glasses and on top of all this, she follows the beat of her own drum. This has caused her many social issues and problems. She is extremely bright and funny but, is just not your typical 17 year old. The first chapter in this book has changed my life. I spent 17 years trying to get her to conform so she would "fit in" when she knew she did not want to change who she was. I am going to go home and tell her I am sorry if I ever made her feel that she was not perfect just the way she was. It was me trying to spare her the heartache, yet I may have destroyed something in her. You write so beautifully and even though I had to re-read many paragraphs, each time it was like a light bulb going on in my head. After 17 years, I realize I have to change my outlook. I believe it already has changed. I am just so sorry I did not have your book years ago. Thank you for writing this book. Your brilliant words and thoughts resonate with me on a level you will never fully understand from this letter. I am ready to hand her that "pink balloon."