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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 #4 | Angie Roberts

“Often people think because you’re blind you can’t make yourself look good. I love fashion and accessories, I have odd eyes but never wear my prosthetic lens, I love to be different one brown eye one blue grey, I wear my make up and go about my day!” ~Angie Roberts

A year after her heart attack at age 36, Angie was registered as blind. At that time she thought it was the end…and yet here she is, a believer in one should never give up hope no matter how dark you feel.

Description: Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Angie Roberts is on the cover looking like a rock star in her fabulous shades, a sheer black cover-up over a black flapper dress, and jewelry.

Blocks of text superimposed on Angie’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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Blind Beauty Issue #3 | Christina M Holtz

“A guide. I never seek a lifeboat but instead, I seek a Lighthouse. I seek trusted people who can guide and remind me that the light I no longer see is still there. I find people who has light coming from their hearts that I can see from far, far away. They know they never have to step into the dark with me, but simply shine and I’ll walk towards them. There’s no way to take away my struggle without also taking away my strength. You never know when you are a lighthouse in someone else’s storm.” ~Christina Holtz

Christina is a wife, mom, and Assistant Director at the Center for Independent Living.

Description: Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Christina M. Holtz is on the cover positively glowing with her beautiful smile which lights up her face. She looks lovely in a sheer white cover-up with lace detailing over a pink tropical floral dress. Her look is pulled together with pink jewelry and lip color.

Blocks of text superimposed on Christina’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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Blind Beauty Issue #2 | Holly Bonner

I’m not the West Side Story, “I feel pretty” kind of girl. Since losing my eyesight, beauty has been more about how I feel and less about what I look like. I prefer to be “pretty smart,” “pretty kind”, a “pretty good mother.” ~Holly Bonner, Blind Motherhood

Holly is a wife, mom to two adorable daughters, and the Owner, Writer, and Disability Advocate at Blind Motherhood.

Description: Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Holly Bonner is on the cover looking fabulous in a tan cardigan over a blue & white floral blouse.  

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