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Women On The Move: Rose-Ann Lyons

What am I Doing Now? How is my Life? It takes Courage!!

After losing my Peripheral Vision in a Boating Accident on July 1st, 2008, it has been a long journey. Nine years later, this is “NoW” What I am doing?

I am learning to Curl! I have joined the Kelowna Curling Team for the Blind and I am being Coached by Dan Martel at the Kelowna Curling Rink. I am providing pictures of what my Coach has created in me with one month of coaching in February; then the season ended, and of coaching that started up on October 8th; the season beginning. I have a whole truckload of thank yous’ to my Coach. He has helped me and inspired me; resulting in me developing a “NeW” passion: Curling! I love to throw the Rocks! I love the ride!   

I have previously provided an Article as a Guest for Bold Blind Beauty.  With this subsequent Article, I am elaborating on What am I Doing “NoW”?

It began when I was approached at Christmas, 2016, and was asked to attend at the Kelowna Curling Rink to Curl with the Curling Team for the Blind. It was February 2017, and I had not yet attended at the Curling Rink. What was stopping me? What was I afraid of? I got upset with myself. I decided that I was going to the Curling Rink. It was the 1st Sunday in February 2017, my Guide Dog in Harness, my husband driving and I was heading to the Kelowna Curling Rink. I had been informed that the practice started at 10:00 a.m.on Sundays. It was 10:45 a.m.; Sunday morning, I’m late! but I was on my way.  

I was tempted to ask my husband all along the way to turn around; take me home. Entering the parking lot, I was still thinking about turning around; take me home. “THeN” the truck stopped at the doors. I inhaled a deep breath! I got out! I “NoW” knew there was no turning back! I walked in and was approached and welcomed by such warm, kind, people. I relaxed! No more panic! The “fun,” the “joy,” the “excitement” began!! When I arrived, I was asked what I wanted to do. I have never curled before so I said I was there to learn to Curl with the Curling Team for the Blind. There was one month left before the Curling season was ending. I began learning to Curl! Coach Dan Martell gave me lessons and with his coaching skills and inspiration, I developed a new passion. “Curling!”

It was a huge step for me to take A N D I am now part of something that gives me great “joy.” New team! New friends! An outing in the winter months! I love the game! I am starting in a Ladies League; with one percent vision, in the second week of November; that being twice a week. I love it so much that I will Curl in the Ladies’ League and continue to Curl with the Team for the Blind. Love the game!! Love to Curl!!

 

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Blind Beauty Issue #12 | Rose-Ann Lyons

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“I walked in, was approached, and welcomed by such warm, kind, people.  I relaxed!  No more panic!  The “fun”,  the “joy”, the “excitement” began!!  When I arrived, I was asked what I wanted to do.  I have never curled before so I said I was there to learn to Curl with the Curling Team for the Blind.”  

Description: Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Action shot of Rose-Ann curling is on the cover. She’s looking like a pro, on this ice wearing a black and white outfit.

Blocks of text superimposed on Rose-Ann’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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Guest Post: Rose-Ann Lyons

Hope & Life After Sight Loss

I am “NOW” an Ambassador for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). I have placed a Video, on YouTube and would love for all to Watch my Video titled: “WHISPER” “Go With It”. The Link is: https://youtu.be/BHn7lGfdjhU. If you have any comments or questions, please contact me or leave your comment in the message section.

My Video is the Story of my journey, after falling victim in a boating accident. I flew head first into something I don’t remember. My story is of what my Life, after being in an accident, being “THEN” “Without CNIB” and then learning about! hearing about! reaching out! to “NOW” “With CNIB”!!

Since being with CNIB, they gave me mobility and orientation with a white cane; I then was able to reach out to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, (GEB) in New York for my “NOW” Guide Dog, Margie. I created a Video, “WHISPER” “Go With It”. It is a result of their (CNIB & GEB) support, knowledge, understanding, and care for me. I don’t want anyone else falling through the cracks!! with the medical professionals like I did.

I was in a boating accident on July 1, 2008. I looked behind me and over my left shoulder and a two-story boat was right there. It was “THeN” that the Title of my Video became dear to me. I turned around; thought OmG! “NO” seatbelt; I heard a “WHiSPeR” “Go WiTH IT”!! I relaxed!! I flew head first!! My troubles began!! My struggles began!! A long Journey!! My “Life” changed!! A 180!!

AND “NOW”, after nine years (July 1, 2008) since the accident; What am I doing now? Where am I going now? How am I doing now? Watch my Video and “See” “Hear” “View”. These two Organizations (CNIB & GEB) changed my Life!! I “NOW” have joy! laughter! companionship! friends! back in my “LiFe!”