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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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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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Hope

Living with an incurable, degenerative disease which leads to permanent disablement and blindness is one of the hardest challenges a person can face. Doubled with the fact that the process usually begins in early adulthood when a person has discovered who they are and figured out their life goals and aspirations can make the situation even more…

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Online Support Groups

I know I have been very slack with my blog and it's time I made up for it! I have been very busy having a love hate relationship with my cane, giving up driving and leaving my job. You could say I'm having a mid life crisis (at 27).  Something I have been meaning to…

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The things you don’t get told!

Over the past few years I've learnt so much more about what is actually involved in being vision impaired. When I was diagnosed, I was not told much except I will progressively lose my central vision. I was not warned of any of the other aspects I might experience. Here's a list of things I've…

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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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Being genetically counselled

I had made an appointment to see a genetic counsellor about 3 months ago and the time came this week. I hadn't really given much thought to it to be honest. The main reason I went was to do genetic testing to find out if I actually have the known Stargardt's mutated gene, as I…

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Relationships

Having a visual impairment does not just affect your every day life but also your relationships. I had been in a long term relationship and was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease. This had a huge impact. I had to pretty much change my whole life plan. Not only that, I started making rash decisions as I…

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More to add for “not just a vision issue”

I've had an overwhelming response from my post "Not just a vision issue" so I have put together a list of links that some of you might find useful for counselling, psychology or even just to have a chat. These are all Australian organisations and if anybody has any from overseas please share. Most importantly,…

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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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