Category: Real Talk

Showing Up With Vision Loss — Even When It’s Hard

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” – Brene Brown When I’m asked to speak about how I pulled myself through the hard stuff after my vision loss, I tend to start flipping through my mental photo…

Living With LHON: Individual Struggles And Common Challenges Of Hereditary Vision Loss

Being diagnosed with a rare disease is often a bolt from the blue, and while each person’s journey is different, there are common challenges that bind patient communities together. Over the last few months, our Living with LHON features has looked at the individual stories…

I Didn’t Expect My Driver To Admit This To Me

I am sitting here with a package of chile-lime mango slices and a cold Stella Artois beer. What motivated me to put myself at risk for heartburn and indigestion with this dicey dietary decision? My Lyft ride home tonight. That’s what. Yep. My evening…

Relying On Others | Madisyn Taylor

A deep feeling of gratitude can emerge, as we open to the experience of being helped. Most of us pride ourselves on our self-sufficiency. We like to be responsible for taking care of ourselves and pulling our own weight in the world. This is…

Things Us Blind People Really Wish You Knew | Angela Fowler

Dear Sighted Reader, First a little disclaimer: I don’t mean to offend. I’m a tell it like it is kind of girl with a wicked sense of humor, and I want to both make you think and make you laugh. With that said, here…

Sight Versus Vision | Madisyn Taylor

Vision comes from within and shows us how to navigate the realms of thought, feeling, and emotion. Sight is the ability to see the physical world while vision is the gift of seeing beyond it. Sight enables us to take the physical world in…

Supporting A Loved One With Vision Loss – At Home, With Better Communication, And Riding Out The Emotional Rollercoaster | An Audio Recording

I spoke at the Foundation Fighting Blindness conference last year and thought I would share the audio recording here on the blog. Now, it’s cataloged on my website – which makes it easier for you to listen, learn, and share it with anyone else…

While House Hunting Blind – These Were Some Things I Kept In Mind

I recently moved from my home of 26 years. When I was on the hunt for a new place, I wasn’t willing to just move into any random house, townhouse, condo, or apartment. No way, and I had my reasons.  If you read my…

When Your Son Goes Blind | Camille Dolan

Featured image is a photo of Tanner Dolan enjoying Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys.

Every day, he continued to say it wasn’t a big deal that he had lost his sight, because “a lot of people have it worse than I do.” There is nothing in the parenting manual that tells you what to do, well, ever. For…

Seeing My Way Through Some Big Life Changes – And Vision Loss Ain’t One Of Them

An unexpected diagnosis. Irreconcilable differences. Relocating. A career move. Aging parents. A new home. You might consider these to be big life changes, right?  Oh honey, that would be a Yes! They happen to people every day in this thing we call life. Sometimes our…