Prayers for a cure ? but I don’t need one !

Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season. We had a busy but good Christmas, it is always nice to see family and spend time with each other.

As I was doing some Christmas shopping before Christmas I had a couple of things happen and thought, it would be a great time to let people know this is not something that you should ever do no matter what your faith is or what time of the year it is.

Not for the first time I was at a restaurant with some friends and we were getting ready to leave, a gentleman came over and started to talk to me asking if he could pray for me. Now I knew why he wanted to pray for me because like I said this is not the first time this has happened to me, but I didn’t want to be rude so I said “If you feel like you need to.” Without hesitation he began to pray for me to have my sight returned to me and for me to be cured.

The main thing that I want you to know is that there is nothing wrong with me, I am perfectly healthy, independent and live a very full and great life. There are people out there who maybe would want your prayers if they were sick and dying and upon hard times, however I am not one of them. I know it may sound completely outlandish but I am very happy with how my life is going and how I am living. My vision loss has made me who I am today it is a part of me but it does not define me or hold me back.

It is not a good idea to assume that all people who have a disability want to have a “normal” life. I have thought about this long and hard, if I was offered to have my sight back tomorrow would I take it ? My answer crazy as it may sound to you is No. I think it would be very over whelming at this point to see everything around me and I am perfectly happy in my life as it is right now. I don’t see my lack of vision as a part of my life that needs fixing. I see it as something that makes me a stronger person that has many talents and skills to offer.

Your faith is yours and I am not trying to be rude, I just want people to realize I am living a full and happy life regardless of my lack of vision so lets save those prayers for people who are truly struggling and need the prayers behind them to get through the next hurdle in their life.

 

Navigating My World

Hello Everyone ! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the Christmas season as it quickly approaches. We have been very busy getting shopping and baking done and all of the things that come with the christmas season. In that busy time I have lots of events and things to attend and need a way to get there myself. I have my Guide Dog Rick who helps me navigate of course but a lot of people don’t realize that Rick does not know where we are going, I do. So when I don’t know where I am going or it is a new place I need to use other tools to get where I am going and not have to rely on others. I love my independence and work very hard to have it. So I thought today I would tell you a little bit about the tools that I use to find and navigate new places.

The first thing I am going to talk about it an app called Blind Square for the iPhone. It costs $35 but is well worth it. With this app you are able to search for places nearby like restaurants, shopping, outdoors and reIMG_2567creation ect. It will give you directions using google maps or iMaps which ever you chose, and will tell you how far and in what direction the place you are looking for is. The nice thing about this app is that it gives you the ability to be more independent when travelling and gives you the ability to explore. With apps like this it makes it much less stressful to go out in public and find new places alone.

One of the other things that I use is a personal GPS
called a Trekker Breeze, this device is designed for the blind. You are able to put in addresses and build your own IMG_2566routes, as well as explore places around you similar to the Blind Square app. The thing that I like about the GPS is that I don’t have to hold it like a compass in front of me when I am walking like I do with the app. I also really like the “Where am I ” feature which is really helpful if you feel like you have gotten turned around or taken a wrong turn.

People sometimes assume that I can just say Starbucks to Rick no matter where I am and he will take me there. This is not the case I need to know where I am going and be able to get there he only follows my commands that I give him to help me get there safely. It is just the same with crossing streets he is not able to tell me if the light is red or green I need to be able to listen to the traffic and decide if it is safe for us to cross.

Travelling as a blind person is a necessity if you want to have your independence and live your life your way, but it is not always as simple as I want to go check out that new restaurant that just opened. There has to be some planning involved in that, however the feeling of accomplishment and pride can be great when you know you have all the tools to travel and live your life your way. I love to travel alone to see my sister and my mom who live quite far from me, I also love to travel to different events and doing it alone is very empowering.

Living my life the way I want to live it is one of the most important things to me, and having the tools to do so makes this so much safer and easier.