Below you will find my contribution to the Bad Yogi Magazine article, Dear society: You Can Be "Blind" and Still Use a Phone. I’m 28 years old and five years ago, I had perfect eyesight. When I was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at 23, I learned that my eyesight would slowly diminish over the next 10 years. Initially, I was terrified. Previously, I’d been planning to go to dental school, which was immediately derailed. I was also terrified because I had no idea what blindne
This post is a real treat! It was such an honor to be a part of the Bronx Narratives Radio podcast highlighting Bronx culture, people, and tunes!! We had a great time! Click to Listen in! What you’ll hear: Updates from your hosts Kayla and Dondre Dope music A walk-thru of my experience with losing eyesight and all that accompanied My current thoughts on the eSight eyewear from the Rachael Show (I don’t know anything about the newer or updated glasses, I only refer to the o
As promised, here is the second part of “Real Chat” about my low vision appointments and the white cane! Despite the feelings of anxiety discussed in the moments before, I ended up having a really nice day! In any situation, I would try not to say there is no reason to be afraid. I think it is okay to experience that emotion, but I’d like to remind you that you would always make it through! You might even want to smile when you look back on what you’ve journeyed through.
Yay vlog!!! I’m calling these next couple of videos “Real Chat” because I want to be a raw resource for those of you on a similar vision loss journey. Yep, I said “next couple”. That means there’s a Real Chat coming up about the moments after the white cane! It’s important for us to realize that we are not alone in this, even if we don’t know anyone personally who can relate. In the video above, I discuss the feelings I had in the moments/days before my low vision appointm
With every person that I meet, I want them to leave understanding that there is always a silver lining in any situation in life! Last week I had the honor of working with Vixen J. to contribute my story to his wonderful and inspiring online series! Similar to Humans of New York, Minute Made NY is a profile series dedicated to highlighting individuals on what drives and motivates them to keep going in their daily lives, as well as their personal stories, in one minute. I lov
Here is the video from the show! This post is for those of you who missed the show or may have wanted to see it again. I read all the wonderful comments that you left under my previous blog posts after the show aired. Thank you so much for being so positive with me and also having such a great outlook on life! 100% of the comments and emails I received were positive and uplifting. I love that! There were a few things from the show that I would like to clarify: I began to
This vlog is about some of the visual devices that can be used to help you in the academic world. I created this video to encourage those that I have met that were recently diagnosed with Stargardt’s and feeling discouraged about going to or finishing school. I was discouraged when I couldn’t begin dental school and I had doubts that I could find a career that I’d love and be comfortable in. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. The fact is: THERE ARE NO LIMITS TO