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Charise Moore | Blind Beauty 64

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The following edited piece was written by Charise Moore on an Instagram post. I was thrilled at the thought of sharing this because it’s full of wisdom and really challenges us to think about how we view people/situations. Sometimes things aren’t as they might appear. Where people are concerned, let’s check our assumptions at the door and ‘listen’ for the entire story.

Charise Moore | Blind Beauty 64

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I can’t see puddles most of the time until I’m stepping in them. But yesterday during the flooding I couldn’t see that my street turned into a river. I wanted to SEE the water so I did what most blind and visually impaired people do I FELT it.

As I was standing there deep in thought my mom snapped this picture. It looks super creepy but I loved it. My shorts are uneven, my shirt is too big and I clearly don’t match but I love how she captured just a small moment of my everyday life with RP. So raw and vulnerable. 

I was 15 when I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Yes, I don’t “look” blind (whatever that means) but I am and everything I do takes more effort than you will ever know. I’m also awaiting the diagnosis of my deafness as I’m now deaf/blind. It looks like I do everything with ease because I’ve had years of practice. Years of having two different levels of vision and now I’m blind with hearing loss.

Currently, my vision is 20/300 in one eye and 20/40 in the other. And here is what I deal with on a daily basis:

  • I don’t have depth perception,
  • limited peripheral vision,
  • blotchy central vision,
  • completely blind in the dark,
  • dim lights cause eye strain,
  • flashing lights cause eye pain,
  • and I can’t see street rivers but I can still see. 

Even if I need my other senses at times to fill in the gaps, and I may miss something the first and fifth time I’m not complaining. Because with or without vision I am BLESSED.

Blind Beauty 64 Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Charise Moore’s image on the cover is black & white. Charise is standing in the street in her bare feet under an umbrella while it’s raining. 

Blocks of text superimposed on Charise’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

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This photo is a close-up three-quarter profile image of Charise. Face devoid of makeup, she’s a natural beauty with a golden honey complexion. She is wearing a white tank top and has a black wristwatch on her left hand which is resting lightly against her face.

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Suzanne Clarke | Blind Beauty Issue 42

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Suzanne Clarke | Blind Beauty Issue 42

“Tears, flowing, rolling down my cheeks,
My life described in verse.
I’ve been feeling this for weeks and weeks,
This blind poet can sure converse.
The poem that hits home to me,
Was truly written from the heart.
It’s okay to scared said he,
The permission to live could start.
He helps so many with blindness,
Reaching out with his poetry.” ~Suzanne Clarke

Sometimes in our darkest moments, we can find a sliver of hope in the light of another. For Suzanne Clarke who is losing her eyesight to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) another living with the same disease became her hope.

In the attached video Suzanne reads a stirring poem (beginning at 5:14) inspired by Blind Poet, Dave Steele. Dave, who also has RP, is the author of the Stand By Me RP book series.

When Suzanne sent me her video I couldn’t wait to share it with you! Like so many others who’ve lost sight later in life, we share so much in common. Our commonalities help uplift those new to sight loss by showing them there is hope and life without sight.

Suzanne, thank you so much for allowing Bold Blind Beauty the pleasure of sharing your story.

Blind Beauty Issue 42 Featured Image Description:

The image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Suzanne is on the cover smiling brightly for the camera and sporting her sassy short silver hairstyle. She is wearing a red and black floral v-neck top.

Blocks of text superimposed on the photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”

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