I hope you are all doing well. Rick and I have been very busy over the last few weeks doing many different things. We have been doing some public speaking and running the peer support group for seniors, and a few other projects.
I have been taking some time to really focus and think about what I want in life, for quite a while I was measuring my success on weather I could convince an employer that I was still just as capable after the loss of the rest of my eye sight. I thought that since I could not find a job that I was doing nothing and wasting my life. I would cry and tell my husband that all I wanted was to be successful and do something with my life. Since I was standing on the inside I could not see what I was doing and the changes I was making.
After taking a long hard look at my life and where I was today and what I had accomplished I realized, I am doing what I wanted to do and I was successful. In fact I was more successful than I ever thought I would be. I know some of you might be saying “but how ?”. I have done so many things in such a short period of time and I am having a blast in this adventure. I am also living my life my way on my terms.
What is it that I do you might ask, well I will give you a little glimpse into how I have taken the challenge of not being able to find employment because of my disability and used it to my advantage, instead of my disadvantage.
With my Guide Dog Rick by my side I run a Peer Support Group for seniors new to vision loss, I have been doing the Eye Safety Presentations to High Schools across Saskatchewan with the CNIB and Work Safe Saskatchewan, I am a dinner coach at the Dine in the Dark events for CNIB, I am a champion for the CNIB working to get integrated vision rehabilitation, I am an advocate for the disabled community, Rick and I were both part of a Accessible Voting video for Elections Saskatchewan, I am the president of my Toastmasters Club, I am the Treasurer of the Alumni group for Guide Dogs for the Blind Mommies with Guides. I am telling my story when ever I can, I snowboard, I am raising three lids and best of all I am independent, and loving my life.
Yes it may seem as though I have become a professional volunteer but I am looking at it in a different way. I am looking at it like I have taken the skills employers were overlooking when they were not able to see past my vision loss and I am using them to live my life my way.
I will not let my vision loss dictate what I can do in my life, and I certainly will not sit back and let life pass me by, I want to show the world what I am capable of despite my disability.