ItChangedMyLife

It Changed My Life: She lost her sight at 10 but proved the doubters wrong

Dr Smith-Ruig married husband Joel in 2006, and their first child arrived a year later. They now have three daughters. Some doubted she would be able to cope at school or ever leave her small hometown, get a good job, find love or experience motherho
Some doubted she would be able to cope at school or ever leave her small hometown, get a good job, find love or experience motherhood, but she graduated top of her high school, left university with first class honours, and moved to the big city to join a bank. And today, Dr Theresa Smith-Ruig is a top academic and a happily-married mother of three daughters.ST PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR

When she lost sight as a child, many thought her future bleak, but the high-flier had other ideas

When an eye disorder caused Theresa Smith-Ruig to start losing her sight at 10, many friends and relatives believed her future would be bleak.

Some doubted she'd be able to cope in school; others reckoned she'd find it hard to leave the small Australian town she grew up in, get a good job, find love or experience motherhood.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Proving the doubters wrong'. Print Edition | Subscribe