Category: Mental Health Matters

Blindness Was The Secret That Weighed Her Down

Two-Minute Memoir: Hiding in Plain Sight | By Nicole C. Kear, Author of the book, Now I See You *Originally posted May 6, 2014 on Psychology today As soon as I started going blind, I resolved to keep it to myself. In the beginning, my…

How Helping The Blind Can Create A Healthier You

I’ve been a student at the Braille Institute in San Diego for about two years now, and I recently added the title of “Volunteer” to my badge. Yes… I’m crossing over the bridge to a place where helping others, such as the blind, can create a healthier you. …

Podcast Picks To Inspire You To Dream Big… Not Blind

Since losing vision, I have had a hard time getting into the audiobook thing.  My mind wanders, I get bored, and I feel like I should be doing 14 other things besides listening to a 250 page novel. I don’t have a favorite author…

60 Heartfelt Thoughts To Pick You Up When You Feel Down

“I can’t go to the grocery store (or any store) by myself anymore. I need someone to read things to me and help find different items for me. The different checkers, who have become my friends, have started to notice that I am not…

Things to Remember When You Think Life Will Never Get Better

I‘ve always been interested in all aspects of “personal development”. Some may call it personal growth, self-help, or self-improvement. It’s all pretty much the same thing. I believe we all can use a little mental help every now and then. It’s healthy, not selfish, to want…

Stepping Out Of My Blind Comfort Zone

I’ve cried enough tears over the loss of my vision to end the drought in California. The shackles of sadness that held me to the ground as I grieved were rarely unlocked. When I thought about ALL the fears I had, and still have, it…

The Emotional Impact of Going Blind and Living with LHON

Starting in 2013, there has been an annual LHON Conference held in conjunction with the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation’s “Mitochondrial Medicine” Symposium. With much thanks to Lissa Poincenot for bringing me on as her trusty sidekick in 2014, I help plan and organize this…