[Tenacious Tiger] TSU Alum Theresa Khayyam Overcomes!

Runner turns devastating illness into inspiration

By: A.J. DUGGER III, Post Contributor
Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013 12:00 am

Being blind will not stop Theresa Khayyam from running in the Walt Disney World Marathon on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Khayyam said. “Athletes from across the country will be attending. I’ll be the one representing Nashville.”

Khayyam, 47, was born in Chicago but raised in Southaven, Mich. She moved to Nashville 23 years ago to attend Tennessee State University.

After earning a degree in civil engineering, she decided to stay in town and found employment at the Tennessee Department of Transportation, where she worked for 12 years until taking an early retirement.

Two years ago, Khayyam thought she was suffering from symptoms of the common cold, but she was in for an unexpected shock.

First, her vision began to decline.

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