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
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”
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.
“Teenage years are tough, learning who you are and understanding what you’re going to become. This was extra difficult as I was also learning about something I was losing. The feeling of losing something important every day over and over again.”
Being a teenager isn’t easy, let alone a teenager who is losing their sight. Today’s Blind Beauty, Georgie Beasley, is losing her eyesight to Stargardt Disease, a form of juvenile macular degeneration.
Diagnosed with the Stargardt Disease as an adolescent, Georgie is an extraordinarily, positive role model. While she shares some of the struggles associated with her sight loss she has a remarkable insight on life. Georgie’s desire to build awareness about sight loss prompted her to share her story on social media. As a matter of fact, earlier in the year she was featured in the Kalgoorlie Miner a local newspaper in Australia.
“I have come to accept myself and what I have [Stargardt Disease]. Though it really sucks that I can’t get my license, I have been offered so many great opportunities. It [sight loss] has also changed my perspective on life and how to treat others and live life.”
We will be hearing more from Georgie as she will also be a featured Woman On The Move in 2019.
Blind Beauty 63 Featured Image Description:
Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Georgie is on the cover sitting on a beach towel atop a white sandy beach. In the background are rolling waves and a distant low mountain range. Georgie is wearing sunglasses, white swimsuit, and a pair of striped shorts.
Blocks of text superimposed on Georgie’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”
Georgie In Red: The blond-haired beauty is wearing a strapless red jumpsuit with gold fringe statement earrings.
A tri-panel collage of Georgie in 3 different photos. 1) In this Georgie’s hair is pulled back and she’s wearing a gray strappy gown. 2) A close-up of Georgie with her straight hair framing her face. She’s in a black top and looks like she’s about to eat something in her right hand. 3) Georgie is standing in front of a decorative stone focal point wall. In this photo she’s wearing a black tube top and yellow pants.
“Having been diagnosed at the age of 4 with Stargardt’s, I have known my whole life I was going to grow up to be “blind.” A lot of things have surprised me about vision loss along the way, but the thing that surprises me the most has nothing to do with vision at all. I have learned that I must speak up and advocate for myself. The most surprising thing along my vision loss Journey, has been how it’s helped me find my voice!”
Generally speaking, people seem to be fascinated by the capabilities of blind and visually impaired people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked who does my makeup or pulls together my outfits.
Sometimes I feel the questions are a test where my answer will prove or disprove my level of sight. As I’ve discussed many times on Bold Blind Beauty, blindness is a spectrum condition.
The number of people who are completely blind is roughly around 10 percent. What this means is the majority of blind people have some residual sight which varies greatly from person to person. Our remaining sight is severe enough to impact day-to-day living and requires adaptations.
While Niki received her diagnosis at a very young age, she has to acclimate to declining levels of sight. Recently she decided to take Basic White Cane Training to maintain her independence and she shares her journey on Instagram.
Blind Beauty 62 Featured Image Description:
Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Niki is on the cover in black and white. She is sitting at the entryway to a barn on a wooden step. Beside her are decorative corn stalks with a couple of Halloween pumpkins. In the entrance behind her are stacked bales of hay. Niki’s outfit is described under additional images.
Blocks of text superimposed on Niki’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”
In this color photo of Niki, she’s dressed for fall. She’s in a cream-colored jacket with tan pants and fashionable brown boots lace-up boots. Her look is completed with a burgundy/cream print scarf tied loosely around her neck.
This photo of Niki in the same outfit described above is a closeup of her sitting in the back of a blue truck bed. Whisps of wheat/blond hair frames her pretty profile.
“So many times I want to quit!! But TODAY is the day to begin! This song has brought me through so much these last years. We all have it in us to succeed but often we have to dig deeper than we ever thought possible.”
I cannot say enough good things about the pretty lady I’m going to introduce you to today! I’ve been following Ginger Anderson’s health journey on Instagram and she’s one of the reasons I chose a healthier lifestyle.
Ginger is a wife, mom, knitter, all around powerhouse, oh, and did I mention she’s also legally blind? Earlier this year Ginger began her journey to a healthier lifestyle with a simple decision to just do it. She knew she was in a bad place and also knew she needed accountability. So the next logical step was to find a program to suit her needs. The journey hasn’t been a walk in the park and what I like about Ginger is her transparency about her challenges.
In Ginger’s Own Words
Y’all I am in tears right now!! I am legally blind and I see through a tunnel that is about the size of a quarter and in that tunnel my vision is very distorted and cloudy. I told myself that I couldn’t do the #shiftshop Shop program or #provinggrounds because of my vision and the chronic state of vertigo-like symptoms but you know what??
When @happyhealthyhumble shared Saturday morning before her speech about mindset, that little voice inside me said Ginger you CAN do this!! And I DID it!! It was hard, lost my balance quite a bit, and modified as needed. Tears of joy right now!!! Thank you Amy!!! And thank you @thechrisdowning.
The following video “Today Is Your Day” by Shania Twain is the song Ginger refers to in her first quote:
Blind Beauty 61 Featured Image Description:
Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Ginger Anderson is on the cover in black and white. Her hair is styled in a fabulous asymmetrical pixie cut.
Blocks of text superimposed on Ginger’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”
Selfie of Ginger with streaked brownish/blonde hair at a craft show. I neglected to mention that Ginger has one of the prettiest smiles and it can be seen in all of her photos. She’s wearing a black top and her makeup is flawless.
Six-panel collage of Ginger in various stages of exercise. She’s decked out in black shorts, black sports bra and gray tank with a white headband.