For most people I know with nystagmus, it’s no hurdle too high to jump. One well known Filipino pop star is no exception. Allan Pineda Lindo, better known by his stage name ‘apl.de.ap’ was born with nystagmus and has undoubtedly led a successful career.
In the last few days, some of the world’s press has suddenly learnt what nystagmus is – all thanks to this Black Eyed Peas band member. The recent frienzy of articles, including Black Eyed Peas star blind by The Sun, all seem oblivious to the fact that it’s been known for sometime that this pop legend has nystagmus…
The Apl That Gave Back to the Tree was published back in November 2008. It outlines how Allan Pineda Lindo, as a struggling child was adopted, through the help of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation and brought up in America. This lifeline allowed Allan to follow his passion for music and later live the dream.
Born with nystagmus and registered as blind, the rapper bluntly describes his vision as:
“[being] good with shapes. If I’m not close, even if it’s big, I can’t read it.”
Admiration for Allan’s attitude is understandable. Perhaps explained by one of the rapper’s favoured quotes.
“All things are possible until they are proved impossible – and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.” – Pearl S. Buck
This star in the limelight can only serve as inspiration and proof that anything is possible – the world is your oyster. Nystagmus is only an obstacle if you let it be; it can be overcome with positive determination and perseverance – do not give up!
“I doubted myself for a long time… I’m comfortable not using my vision. I weave around my problems” – Apl.de.ap