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Fierce Fridays: Helen Keller

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When I originally thought about this idea of Bold Blind Beauty and how I was going to structure the blog, I thought it’d be nice to entitle Fridays as “Fabulous Fridays.” Fabulous Fridays was intended to discuss the whole body, mind and spirit thing but then this morning as I began writing, I thought if I’m trying to get people to see who we are and our capabilities as blind/vision impaired women then why not highlight these very people. So enter Fierce Fridays and I’m not referring to Beyoncé, although I suppose many people would consider her fierce, no, what I’m talking about are the fierce bold blind beautiful women who previously have, or are, making an impact on the world.

Blowing My Horn

Stereotypes and misconceptions abound on how the blind/vision impaired function or live their lives and I think a large part of this is due to our not understanding what the loss of sight and blindness is and how it affects our life. Over the past few years there have been surveys1,2,3 that basically say that people fear sight loss more than cancer, heart disease or stroke. Could it be because we look at blindness as the total loss of vision? Maybe, although as I learned from first-hand experience the range of vision loss is very expansive and most people who have severe loss of vision do have some remaining functional sight. Okay, okay, I’m going to put down my bullhorn and bring the conversation back to Fierce Fridays.

Picture of a woman with yelling into a bull horn.
Nothing like using a bullhorn to get your point across.

What would a Fierce Friday be without Helen Keller who just happens to be one of my all-time favorite heroines? Like many children back in the 60’s I learned about Helen Keller in school and I was just fascinated by her and I’m sure that most of my enchantment was partially because as a child I could not wrap my head around anyone who was blind, deaf and mute being able to attain the heights of success that Helen Keller reached. Secondary to that thought was if someone in her situation could aspire to greatness then couldn’t I do likewise?

Helen Keller portrait, 1904.
Helen Keller portrait, 1904. Due to a protruding left eye, Keller was usually photographed in profile. Both her eyes were replaced in adulthood with glass replicas for “medical and cosmetic reasons”.[20]
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Helen Keller was fierce, she was an intelligent, determined advocate who fought for, among other things, the rights of blind people. One of my favorite quotes from Helen is: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”  ~Helen Keller

1AFB Survey
2“Eye on Eyesight” Survey
3NCBI (Pfizer Survey)

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

6 thoughts on “Fierce Fridays: Helen Keller

  1. I want to write about her for my own blog, but the problem is I don’t know where to start. Even the blind have prejudices and stereotypes they carry around with them, and I am no exception. When I think about being deaf and not getting to hear my favourite sounds: the voices of my loved ones, my favourite music, the birds chirping out my window, the waves crashing against the shore and gulls crying out, or the beautifully musical sounds of dolphins and whales…well, I am just so thankful for what I have. I could speak about Helen for hours. She has taught me so much.

    1. Agreed. She is without a doubt one of my all time favorite heroines.

  2. I read something about her. Even though she was blind and couldn’t see the world. Her heart was full of life a beauty

    1. She was an amazing woman and a role model for everyone to aspire to.

      1. I completely agree! She has a huge influence on me. Thank you for sharing that 🙂

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