The Fear of Falling

Picture of coffee and laptop

What do I fear most about sight loss? Over the years my answer has changed just as my vision has decreased. I can honestly say that I am at a place in my life where I have no fear in being blind. It is just the reality of my life. I have a choice to limit myself and miss out on the fun or I could just look past what I can’t see and do all the fun stuff anyways.  More often than not, I just go for it! I have 4 other senses that work perfectly and allow me to enjoy people and the world around me.

Don’t misunderstand my choice to live life to the fullest with an idea that being blind isn’t challenging. I live in a world that is for the sighted. From the beauty of the land to the menu at my favorite restaurant, sight is required. However, I have to overcome the requirement of sight and find a different way to participate. A lot of times it is through the eyes

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In the Meantime

Picture of Stasia with West from school

Well, in just a few hours I will be boarding a plane to Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, NY. Over the next 19 days I will receive and train with a new guide dog. It’s hard to believe that it has been 10-1/2 years since I made this trip to receive my first guide dog, Duncan. But, here I am, packing and preparing to leave my family for almost the entire month of June! I’m really looking forward to having a guide dog again. The freedom to take a walk around the block by myself or stroll through the park with my family with no need for their assistance is something I’m looking forward to. It’s just a small piece of independence I get back thanks to a furry, 4 legged, tail wagging partner.

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In Memory of Duncan

Picture of Duncan at the beach with lizard and Stasia

In just over one month I will be headed to Guiding Eyes for the Blind to receive and train with my second guide dog.  I am looking forward to sharing this exciting journey with you, but I can’t begin until I tell you about my first guide dog Duncan.

In 2006 I took my first trip to Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, NY and there I received my first guide Duncan.  Duncan was a

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