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Day 1 of Guide Dog Training

What. A. Day. I don't think I've had a day where I have experienced so many emotions in such a short period of time. I'll start at the beginning. I had a sleepless night; I was anxious about the day ahead. I couldn't really put my finger on why my belly was churning and my chest…

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Guide Dog Eve

Tomorrow is the day I meet my first Guide Dog. My emotions are mixed. I'm nervous, excited and scared. There is a lot of planning and work that goes into receiving a Guide Dog and I hope to share my continuing journey with my new dog. This week knowing that I would meet my dog,…

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Living With a Degenerative Condition

Stargardt’s Disease, along with other retinal diseases and general ocular diseases, is a degenerative condition. This means that the condition continually worsens. Usually the condition is caught in the early stages, and sometimes preventative measures can be taken to slow progress, but in the case of Stagrardt’s and other retinal diseases, there is nothing you…

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We are all unique

A phrase I seem to be continually hearing goes something along the lines of "another person who is legally blind could do it". The most recent time was in reference to attending a residential school for my university course located in another state. I want to get something straight, just because people are classified as…

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Real People #3

This month's story comes from a fellow Stargardt-er from my city. We live on opposite sides of Sydney and as yet have not met in person, but thanks to social media we have been able to connect and be supports for each other. Mike Lainis, 53, Sydney, Australia When were you diagnosed with Stargardt's and…

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10 Tips for Studying With a Vision Impairment

The new study year is upon us, I'll be in my final year of psychology and I'm sure there's many of you also returning to uni, school or college. I though it would be beneficial to put together a list of tips for studying with a vision impairment not just for anyone reading this but…

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Standing Up For Your Rights

I haven't really touched on standing up for myself in terms of my rights as a person with a 'disability' since starting this blog almost five years ago now. Partly due to the fact that I am really bad at doing it!  My most current problem is with studying at university. I am due to…

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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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Second chance for Mr Cane

I have been walking a lot more since unwillingly giving up driving. I have grown in confidence with walking alone but I still find road crossing difficult. I'd given the cane the flick because we just weren't getting along. I haven't used it in some months now although there has been a little voice in the…

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Selling My Independence

This week was a big milestone in my journey of acceptance. I am actually quite surprised that I did it and finally let go of something I had been holding on to so tightly. Probably slightly melodramatic, but I sold my independence this week, my beloved car. I had bought my car brand new almost five years…

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