Anastasia Charalabakos


Blind since birth due to retinopathy of prematurity, Anastasia Charalabakos was born in New York City to Greek immigrant parents. At thirteen, her family settled in Florida, where she graduated from Sarasota High School and later from the University of South Florida, Tampa, with her Master of Arts in applied linguistics.

Today, Anastasia teaches English to speakers of other languages online and writes books that relate to many of the topics she addresses in this book. She also writes children’s fiction to inspire youth to become critical and creative thinkers. In addition to her writing, Anastasia gives presentations to schools and organizations about blindness and the impact that domestic violence in her family as a child had on her life. She has appeared at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the Rotary Club of Sarasota, and Sky Crest School, Clearwater, Florida. For more information about her presentations or to invite her to speak, Anastasia can be contacted at

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From Darkness To Triumph: Creating Success Against All Odds
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 66,580. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
In this moving and inspiring memoir, Anastasia Charalabakos recounts the trials and triumphs of her life, a journey that, despite her blindness, has bestowed upon her a more powerful appreciation of the world around her. She also provides deep insight into our ability to achieve a richer understanding of our existence and a more lasting peace in our lives.

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