With Mother’s Day upon us here in the states, RNIB Connect Radio (UK) asked me to talk a little bit about my transition from a sighted mom to a mom who is legally blind. To say it was incredibly difficult would be an understatement. I had so many questions and troubling thoughts swirling about my pretty little head as I watched my own vision fade, 3 1/2 years ago.
Every question and thought was scarier than the next as I tried to cope with my changing world. Questions like, “How am I going to read?, How am I going to get anywhere?, How am I going to use my phone?, How am I going to use my computer?, How? How? HOW?!?!”
One of the biggest questions that seemed to haunt me 24/7 was “How am I going to continue to be a good mom, now that I’m blind?” I didn’t know any other moms who were blind, or any blind people for that matter. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know if I could pull myself together long enough to do anything. Sometimes, I didn’t even want to try….it was just too much.
As I am about to celebrate my 4th Mother’s Day as a blind mom…I was happy to share what I experienced as I transitioned into blind motherhood. I really wanted life to be as normal as possible for my kids who were 14 and 19 at the time. Looking back, there was one thing I consistently tried to do daily. Well, almost daily… no one is perfect!!
To find out how I continued on as a mom while dealing with my own vision loss…..You’re going to have to listen to this recent radio segment. Just scroll down, click play, sit back, and listen! (Approximately 14 mins.)
Happy Mother’s Day!! ♥️ xx
Click and listen to my transition from sighted mom to blind mom here originally aired on the RNIB Connect Radio podcast!
Truly inspirational Maria! Mom’s never give up!❤️ You are a beautiful person as well as an awesome inspiration! Much love, Kathy ❤️
Hi Maria, this is Adele. Just wanted to say hi, and let you know that I got accepted at UC San Diego for ophthalmology starting in 2018. I’m so excited about it, and will come visit you soon at the Braille. Also, I just watched this impressive Ted talk and liked to share it with you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdar-vklzeE&t=8s