About Jeff Flodin

Picture of Jeff FlodinJeff Flodin has authored over 200 blogs (and still counting!) since the inception of Jalapenos in the Oatmeal: Digesting Vision Loss  in 2010.  He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Access Fellowship.  His work has appeared in venues including Magnets and Ladders, The Rockford Review, Chicago Arts Journal, Kaleidoscope and the  Chicago Tribune.  He has also written a novel and a memoir which have yet to appear outside his file cabinet.

Jeff graduated from Lake Forest College and Arizona State University and worked in the social work field for forty years, most recently at Friedman Place, a Supportive Living Program for blind adults in Chicago, from which he retired in 2020 to move to Fort Collins, Colorado. Jeff continues his volunteer involvement with Second Sense.

Jeff was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in 1986 at age 35.  Jeff has teamed with three guide dogs since 2003: Sherlock, Randy and, currently, Tundra. He married his high school sweetheart (belatedly) in 2010 and, though Mary died of breast cancer in 2020, she was and remains the brightest light in any room.

Jeff’s mission is to tell his story of life with vision loss honestly, to share its inherent tragedy and comedy and to shed light in dark places.


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