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First United Methodist Church

Meet Freddy Petrone

I’m so glad you are here. I’d like to share about how I “got bridged” – in more ways than one! In 2018, I experienced sudden vision loss and over the course of three short months became blind. My long daily walks have helped me cope by clearing my mind and restoring some sense of freedom. Often, though, I’m stopped in my tracks before crossing Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge when it lifts for passing boats. I’ve dubbed this experience “getting bridged,” which has become a metaphor for the unexpected obstacles life throws at us. But the metaphor doesn’t end there…let me take you on my journey of diagnosis of Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, my long-standing drug and alcohol addiction and creating the I Got Bridged non profit. Learn more on this video series and @