Image Of Positivity Is Changing Perceptions

He told me he was so proud of me because he knows that whenever someone says to me that I can’t do something because I am blind, my initial reaction is to prove them wrong and say, “Watch me! I may not do it the same way, and it may take me a bit longer, but I WILL do it!!!”

~Liz Oleksa

Image Of Positivity Is Changing Perceptions

Logan & The Silhouetted Man

Liz Oleksa, President of Lehigh Valley Council of The Blind has one of the most sparkling personalities of anyone I’ve met. I’m so happy I connected with her. The loving gesture made by her son is a testimony to the content of her character. And as a parent, she absolutely ROCKS! 

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Liz, Logan & Bryce Krispie

It all began when talking with my 13-year-old son, Logan about this really amazing website and blog “Bold Blind Beauty,” and the icon that comes along with it all; her name is Abigale (Abby). She is a beautiful combination of “Ability” and ordinary brown bird, the “Nightingale.” Abby is depicted as a classy bold woman, who wears a stylish dress, handbag over her arm, a snazzy updo hairstyle. She proudly walks with her red and white cane, as Abby is a woman who happens to be visually impaired.

I was speaking with Logan about how important it is to be proud of who you are. Regardless of disability, regardless of how we look on the outside because we all have an inner beauty that shines through. It is about how we present our attitude and image of “self-worth” to the world around us.

Logan said that it was really cool and an impressive idea to be sending out to everyone, not only people who are blind or visually impaired. He told me that made him think of something, and he would be back in a bit because he wanted to go make me something.

The Silhouetted Man

The Silhouetted Man

I had lost my sight in September 2012 from Diabetic Retinopathy. Logan had seen how I went from living my life as a person who was sighted and had no self-confidence, to being a person with no physical sight and finally being proud of who I am. I finally can walk in a room with my head held high, knowing that I am enough. That I don’t need to prove myself to anyone except myself. I have always joked with Logan about my loss of eye-sight, that no matter what, “I will always be cooler because I can do everything with my eyes closed,” so to speak…

Needless to say, about a half hour later, Logan came back to me and said that he had something to share with me. He had taken my positive attitude and combined it with the amazing “Abby” concept to create an image of his very own. He described it as the following to me: It is a silhouette of a man using a red and white cane, on a pure white background. The man is facing the right of the picture where the black text reads

“Blind people can do anything that sighted people can do. But blind people are cooler because we do it with our eyes closed!”

~Logan Oleksa

He told me he was so proud of me because he knows that whenever someone says to me that I can’t do something because I am blind, my initial reaction is to prove them wrong and say, “Watch me! I may not do it the same way, and it may take me a bit longer, but I WILL do it!!!”

This is such an important message to be sent out, for both Abby and “the silhouetted man”. Not just for the blind and visually impaired community, but for all people. People as a whole.

So many people, disability or no disability, struggle with negative self-image. What people need to remember though is that it doesn’t matter what the outside looks like, but rather what shines from the inside. How can we present ourselves in confidence, self-pride, and self-worth if we keep a negative image of ourselves as a whole?

Let yourself be proud of who you are! You are unique and beautiful in your very own individual way, and that inner beauty has so much to share with the world!


  1. Kathy, when Liz was telling me the story the other night I got chills. The perception of her son is something and it speaks volumes that he’s modeled her positive behavior and wanted to make his own impact. I was blown away.

  2. Steph, I admire stories like this. We never know when we’re inspiring someone else with our positive actions. Luckily, children are so uninhibited that they share the impact quite readily. It’s great that he wanted his mom to know that she, too, is an inspiration 🙂

  3. Thank you for your comment Vickie. 💗The topic of abilities is one of the main focuses of Bold Blind Beauty in addition to encouraging blind and VI women to be confident and embrace their beauty.

  4. Great article! I get the feeling a lot of people feel I am not able to do things I volunteer to do. They feel I must be limited because of my visual impairment and that I use a guide dog.. I do insist that I can and I will do what I set out to do! It makes me wary at times. This article was very refreshing.

  5. I know, right? When she mentioned this story on a call the other night it gave me chills.

  6. Love this. The gift her son made for her was awesome! The last paragraph says it all. Whether sighted or not, we all need to heed that advice.

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