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Category: Mental Health

When Anxiety Becomes a Mental Illness

Anxiety. Those who experience it to the extent I do will have cringed just reading the word. It is the devil, it is like the darkest storm that overtakes you, sucking you in and spitting you out, just to reappear and do it all again. But anxiety is actually a healthy part of being human.…

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The Ups and Downs of Guide Dog Training

Image: Lacey and I with the statue Guide Dog. I am almost at the end of my training with my new Guide Dog Lacey. We did three 'full-time' weeks and have one more day left before we graduate as a team! It has been an exciting, stressful, tiring, frustrating and rewarding few weeks. Week one…

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My Fear Vs My Optimism

Over the past few years I have had numerous thoughts that provoke fear and sadness about things in my future. From having my whole life seemingly planned (yes I know I'm slightly OCD) and my goals within my reach to all of it taken from underneath me. I sometimes look back at the day of…

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Let’s talk anxiety

I've brought this issue up previously, and I think it's time it comes up again. Mental health is something I am extremely passionate about and anxiety is something I have been dealing with now for years. I experience panic attacks. For those of you who don't know or have never had a panic attack, it…

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The Grieving Process

Usually when we think about grief we only think about the loss of a loved one. We can also experience extreme grief in other situations, including the one we face after being diagnosed with a vision impairment which will ultimately send us legally blind. In fact, we are really grieving the loss of our vision,…

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Not just a vision issue

So it’s taken me a while to be able to bring this up on here because it’s quite a complicated topic. Not only was I diagnosed with stargardt’s disease, but I have slowly developed an anxiety disorder which can be attributed to my diagnosis. It is such a hard thing to deal with when you …

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Denial

I have now known about my condition for two years and I feel as though I have accepted it. The funny thing is the people around me don't seem to have. It's like they don't want to accept that my vision is deteriorating and they pretend as though it's not happening or it's not as…

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