“I had lost my sight in September 2012 from Diabetic Retinopathy. Logan (son) had seen how I went from living my life as a person who was sighted and had no self-confidence, to being a person with no physical sight and finally being proud of who I am. Finally, I can walk in a room with my head held high, knowing that I am enough and that I don’t need to prove myself to anyone except myself.”
When you have a spare moment, check out Liz’s account of her son creating an image of positivity. Logan displays compassion, empathy and an understanding of real beauty within a person. The article can be found here: Image Of Positivity Is Changing Perceptions
Blind Beauty 5 Featured Image Description:
The image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Liz Oleksa, her son, Logan and guide dog Bryce Krispie are on the cover. Liz and Logan are both smiling while Bryce Krispie is looking intensely at the camera.
Blocks of text superimposed on Liz & Logan’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”
In the photo is Liz, Logan, and Bryce Krispie. Liz is standing on the left, and Logan is on her right. They are both dressed up for Logan’s chorus concert at school. Bryce Krispie, Liz’s guide dog, is sitting in front of her and Logan’s feet.
“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.
Blind Beauty 4 Featured Description:
The image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Angie Roberts is on the cover looking like a rock star. She is wearing 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”
“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 of the Center for Independent Living.
Blind Beauty 3 Featured Image Description:
The 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”
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. And for the record, contrary to her quote, Holly is a beautiful woman and one I’m proud to call a friend.
Blind Beauty 2 Featured Image 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,”