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World Sight Day | A Road Well-Traveled

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This road is where I had the most magical, moving epiphany of my life. 
You see, I had just been declared legally blind, turned in my license and quit work. Yeah, it was what you’d call a Shit-tastophe. But my legs still worked, so they were my transportation and I’d walk this road every day.

~Jennifer Dutrow

Today is World Sight Day and what better time to share this lovely piece written by my friend Jennifer Dutrow? What I love about this post is how Jen clearly demonstrates the power of choice and helping others, no matter our circumstances. Enjoy! 

World Sight Day | A Road Well-Traveled

I took this picture (featured image) in 2015, and I’d be lying if I said I’m not still brought to tears by it. This road is right behind my house. A country road for sure, since there are no lines. A road traveled often by horse and buggy people.

This road is where I had the most magical, moving epiphany of my life. 
You see, I had just been declared legally blind, turned in my license and quit work. Yeah, it was what you’d call a Shit-tastophe. But my legs still worked, so they were my transportation and I’d walk this road every day. 

Consider the road my state of mind at that point in time. The green field on the left was the life I had grown…work, family, success, purpose. The barren field on the right was what I thought my future would be without sight. Unless…unless. 

Unless I realized that life doesn’t end when my sight does. Unless I realized that my life is whatever I make it. It was on this road, on that day in 2015, that I decided to make that barren field green by staying active, learning all I could about fitness and nutrition, and making it my mission to help anyone I could to make their lives as incredible as possible.

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As Jen described, the photo is an empty country road with lush green grass on one side and a barren field on the other. In the background are rolling tree-laden hills and the cloudless sky is a picture-perfect azure blue.

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Jennifer Dutrow | Blind Beauty Issue 37

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Jennifer Dutrow | Blind Beauty Issue 37

“My sight loss was a gift in disguise. After mourning the loss like that of a family member, I came to realize that my disability gives me power…to teach, encourage, inspire, and lead. I will never regret my sight loss.” 

~Jennifer Dutrow

Everyone needs a hero and I’m so happy Jennifer Dutrow is one of mine. I’ve followed Jen’s fitness journey for some time now and this woman is an inspirational beast! What I like most about Jen is her authenticity as she works to get a healthier lifestyle.

Jen’s workouts are intensive and she brings it: the good, the bad, the ugly. She shares her struggles, keeps pushing through, and is getting some fantastic results. Her message is always on target and she shares important life lessons about self-care. I’m actually learning to think differently about what I eat remembering my body needs food for fuel. Breaking an unhealthy lifestyle isn’t easy and it won’t happen overnight but watching Jen keep herself accountable is comforting.

Like all the Blind Beauties featured here, Jen is thriving through her sight loss. Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is stealing her eyesight but not her spirit. If you are looking to invest in your health follow Jen on Instagram at @fitchickwiththestick. 

Blind Beauty Issue 37 Featured Image Description:

Blind Beauty faux fashion magazine cover. Jennifer is outside in bright sunlight smiling for the camera. She is wearing a hot pink knit beanie and a pink jacket. There are multi-colored dots on the frames of her oversized sunglasses which coordinates nicely with her outfit. Blocks of text superimposed on Jennifer’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.”