By Elin Williams: My Blurred World
“Much like my eyesight, my attitude towards my vision impairment has fluctuated quite dramatically over the years.”
“This August marks 10 years since I was registered blind/severely sight impaired. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that my sight loss journey began much earlier than that however; I was diagnosed with my eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa, six years previously and experienced the first symptoms three years prior to the diagnosis. So, life as a vision impaired person is all I’ve ever known.”
“But it’s when I was registered blind that my attitude towards my vision impairment really shifted. So, as we approach the ten year checkpoint, I wanted to honour some of the thoughts and emotions I’ve had over the past decade by running through each year as it happened.”
“The last ten years has been a journey and a half; some feelings have been more prominent than others with some being forever etched in my sight loss story, so I think it’s important that I talk through them.
I know that I could have benefited from reading a post like this back in 2010, and in the years that followed. So, I’m hoping that, if you’re a fellow blind/VI person, you might be able to relate to some of what I have to say, and perhaps feel reassured that you’re not the only one.”
My Attitude Towards My Vision Impairment: A 10 Year Timeline