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Episode #5 | Victorious

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Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

“It is not a tragedy to learn how to use the white cane. It is a VICTORY to reclaim independence.” ~Abigale

Sometimes I feel like many people aren’t concerned about the issue of sight loss because they aren’t personally affected. I think being part of such a small demographic adds to this but here’s the thing, before 2005 blindness wasn’t really on my radar either.

You need to care for your eyesight. If you wear eyeglasses you need to care. If you are nearsighted you need to care. If you are farsighted you need to care. If you have diabetes you need to care. If you have an autoimmune disease you need to care. If you are alive, you need to care.

It’s true eyesight is a gift and it’s one to treasure and not take for granted. It’s also true that the loss of eyesight is not the end of the world however I don’t recommend risking the loss of this gift by following silly trends like eyeball tattoos, cosmetic contacts not prescribed by a physician or other careless acts.

For 44 years I loved my sight. Since becoming partially sighted I still love my dim, hazy, and at times, very strange remaining vision and I also see this as a gift. Being one to not be content when there needs to be change who better than to lose their sight than someone who won’t be silenced. As long as I continue to think and breathe I will fight to change perceptions on blindness and sight loss. ~Steph

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