About Maria

Photo of me from the chest up smiling. My hair is long. It is shades of blonde and caramel in the top layers, with tones of purple underneath.Hello! Here’s a little about me!

I’m a proud mama of two kids, group fitness instructor, blogger, podcaster, and a radio contributor, living in beautiful San Diego, CA. Oh, one more thing….I’m also legally blind. Yep, I’m a Girl Gone Blind.

I wasn’t born blind. Nope. I grew up fully sighted as a typical youngster and crazy teenager in Coronado, CA.  In high school I discovered my love for the graphic arts.  I was on the yearbook staff and was the Editor my senior year. I decided to pursue a career in the graphic arts and graduated from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. with a degree in Graphic Communication/Design Reproduction. I loved the creativity of design, typography, color, art, and photography. I started working in design, production, and sales in the printing industry right out of college. I moved into the Halloween costume industry and worked as a product manager. I loved being in the artsy & creative world!

After 16 years in the industry. I became a stay-at-home mom after my second child was born.  That is when I made a commitment to take care of my own health and get back into shape! I was 90 pounds overweight and miserable. I had to make a change. Slowly, I lost weight as fitness and healthier eating slowly became my new passion! I spent a few years as just another girl at the gym until I decided to take it to the next level.  I became a certified Group Fitness Instructor. I jumped right in and never looked back! I have been an instructor for over 15 years helping others find their love for health and fitness like I did.  I was fit, fabulous, and having fun when I noticed a problem with my vision.  A problem that wasn’t going away.

I noticed a blurry spot in my right eye in April 2013.  In September 2013, right after celebrating my 50th birthday, I was diagnosed with Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a rare genetic condition causing sudden vision loss. It affects 1 in 50,000 people.

On November 5, 2013, I drove my car for the last time. On November 8, 2013, I was deemed legally blind by my Neuro–ophthalmologist. I had no central vision left in either eye. I will never forget these moments….. the moments that started to change my life forever. Dealing with the loss of my vision, and my life as I knew it, is very difficult. Not gonna lie….some days are definitely harder than others. Really hard.

Adjusting to this unexpected life is an ongoing process. I honestly don’t think I will ever fully accept becoming legally blind. What I WILL do, is acknowledge the fact that I am now a Girl Gone Blind and I need to keep fighting through my fears, surrounding myself with support, and figure this sh*t out!

Thanks for visiting my blog! ~ Maria ♥️

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