Mike Schickerowski has been legally blind since birth. He was born with a disorder called nystagmus, which causes the brain to see images as a blur.

“My brain would never interpret the image as a steady picture,” he explained. “It basically involves involuntary movement of your eyes. If you’ve ever taken a photo with your camera and moved it slightly or the object moved and it’s a blur, it’s the exact same symptoms.”

He underwent successful experimental surgery in October of 2018 to correct the condition.   “It was beautiful to see,” he said, “but it was more the realization of what I missed my whole life. It was emotional breakdown. My mom was bawling, and my wife was ecstatic. It was never supposed to happen.”

He says being able to see has changed his life in many ways. Most notably, he just got his driver’s license, at age 44.

He now appreciates taking part in the simplest things in life. “I took my son fishing last week,” he said. “I was never able to do that before on my own. I took my daughter for ice cream. It’s unbelievable.”

He passed his driver’s license exam the first time and like any new driver, he wanted a flashy sports car.

“Some people said, ‘Oh, it’s Alberta, you need a truck,’ and sure I like trucks — they’re nice — but everybody’s got a truck,” he said.

He followed his heart and bought a yellow C7 Corvette Grand Sport.

“I’ve lived a wonderful life and enjoyed every moment,” he says. “This is just the awakening to possibilities of the future and the opportunities that are there.”