Melody Goodspeed | Blind Beauty Issue 45
“The end result, a hopeful Melody, in pain, and totally blind…I felt like the person I was, died and hope no longer existed. Fast forward a few years and finally, I decided no way!”
The first time I read the above statement from Melody Goodspeed, it gave me chills. She went on to say “No way am I going to let this darkness take me down! Against all odds, I was determined to have the life I want. Is it different? A huge “YES!, however, that does not make it any less beautiful.”
There is no sugar-coating sight loss especially when it happens suddenly. The experience is different for everyone. Some people adjust more quickly than others and some never do. It’s a personal situation that doesn’t come with a blueprint for getting through it but getting through it is possible. Broadly speaking, I believe people who thrive on the other side of sight loss are those who’ve decided to do so. Melody is one of these people.
An important point worth mentioning is while many of us continue to thrive with sight loss, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. Like everyone else, we face challenges every day. It can be frustrating and sometimes scary because we are so focused on the information we are consuming from our surroundings. Depending on the circumstances it can be overwhelming at times yet we push through. This doesn’t make us superhuman or extraordinary people. We are just living our lives to the best of our ability.
Blind Beauty Issue 45 Featured Image:
The featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. In the photo, Melody is working a Touchstone Crystal party. She sparkles as she smiles brightly for the camera dressed in a camo print cold-should top. Melody’s shoulder-length light brown hair frames her face and she is sporting a Touchstone statement necklace.
Blocks of text superimposed on Melody’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”
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