We went to Hawaii and I couldn’t see everything my family did. Being completely color blind (except for blue) and being visually impaired at the same time sort of ripped some of my Hawaiian experience away. But, looking back, I can see the true beauty of our family vacation.
Beauty was my brothers, dad, and I getting away and spending a week together after this horrible year.
Beauty was pouring sand that we got in Hawaii on my mom’s grave. Beauty was sitting as a family each night and day, eating dinner together and roasting each other.
Beauty was seeing my dad happier than he has been since January 1st.
Beauty was knowing my brothers had a ball swimming with dolphins.
Beauty was being with my family that I love more than anyone besides God.
Beauty wasn’t the island, because I couldn’t see much of it, but just lemme tell ya, Hawaii is the most beautiful place on the planet – all because my family was happier than we had been in a long, long time. Visually impaired people can still see beauty. Trust me, we can. ~ Alyssa’s Facebook post | 9/16/17
Alyssa is 20 years old and lives in Georgia with her dad and brothers. She started losing her vision early last year and was diagnosed with Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) In August 2016. In January 2017, while coping with the loss of her mother, she was also diagnosed with MS. Alyssa’s faith in God has kept her strong through her struggles. ♡