Below is an article written by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) writer Eric Brooks, which originally appeared October 2, 2023 in the publication UCSF Campus News. Please visit the original UCSF story to view additional photos of Angela Woon. The photo here and additional ones in the original UCSF story are by Deanne Fitzmaurice.
Angela Woon was known as a clumsy person most of her life. The native of Malaysia and eventual Bay Area resident would bump into furniture and fire hydrants, and trip over curbs without warning. It happened often enough that her friends jokingly referred to it as “pulling an Angela.” But when Woon was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in early 2019, there wasn’t much to laugh about. RP, a group of inherited diseases causing retinal degeneration and a decline in vision that affects 1 in 4,000 in the United States, changed Woon’s life. But despite encountering challenges, she found ways to move forward, adapt, and thrive.