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Richard Cohen is a journalist with three Emmys under his belt, per The Sun. He’s also an author who has written “Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir,” “Strong At The Broken Places,” and “I Want to Kill the Dog.” He was previously a senior producer for CNN and CBS News. In addition, he occasionally writes for the Health and Fitness sections of The New York Times. People may be surprised to learn that Cohen has had his share of health challenges that have majorly impacted his work life. He has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer. According to Brain and Life, he was rejected from numerous jobs because of MS.
However, he eventually got a producing position on CBS Evening News. There was one obstacle, though. Cohen, who became blind in his right eye in 1973, had to find a way to pass the company’s required physical exam. In his memoir “Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above illness: A Reluctant Memoir” (via Brain and Life), he wrote, “I took the exam, patch over my right eye first. ‘Now cover your left eye,’ the nurse instructed. ‘I just did,’ I answered sweetly. ‘My mistake,’ she responded, with a smile. ‘Then cover your right eye.'”