Sharper Focus

Many people dream of seeing the world. Ask vision-challenged globetrotter Amy Bovaird, and she will settle for seeing it in a little sharper focus. Follow Amy--but not too closely--on adventures foreign and domestic as she recounts tales of trips and travel.

Mobility Matters

After being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, Pennsylvania native Amy Bovaird manages to continue to teach overseas until her father's imminent passing brings her back home for good. Read the rest of this entry »

Stepping Into Independence

The first question I wanted to ask was, "Do you keep your house so dark to make it cooler so it's easier for you to breathe? But I felt like I was treading on personal ground. So, I said nothing and felt my way into the bedroom with my cane and deposited my travel bag. But I had to come out. Sometime. Right? So when I did, I could see absolutely no furniture. I wanted to scream, "Help! Help! Furniture alert! Invisible! Gone! MIA!" I wanted to scream, "Help! Help! Furniture alert! Invisible! Gone! MIA!" Read the rest of this entry »

About My Memoir

This book is for you if you want to experience fear and optimism at the same time, if you know what it's like to be in the dark in the midst of extreme uncertainty, or if you want to know what it's like to move about in blinders where you can see nothing ahead in your path. But still come out in the light. Somehow. Someway. Stronger. With a more confident vision. If this is who you are, then this book is for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Aiming for a 20/20 Attitude

Shortly after the mobility training and before my next Braille lesson, I had an appointment with Doc Pritchard. I took a field of vision test to measure my range of vision. Doc also promised me he’d put together some fancy gadgets to help me see a little better. “Hey, I’ll try whatever you have,” I said. A week later, I received a call back from Doc Pritchard. “Well, I have good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first?” The words hung in the air between my droll ophthalmologist and me. I paused—long enough for the phone to crackle. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Excerpt

The big day arrived. I squared my shoulders when Bob, my mobility instructor, arrived. “Ready,” I said, breathless. I was really going to do this. Read the rest of this entry »

Follow the Leader

As a teenager, I used to attend a Christian youth conference at a secluded campground, nestled in the Ozark Mountains. One of the highlights of coming to the conference included exploring a small walk through cave nearby. Read the rest of this entry »

Rosy, My Inspiration

I was an expert on loss at that time in my life. Pregnant with twins, two-thirds of the way through my pregnancy, I was rushed and sedated at the hospital. I had severe pre-eclampsia. In the 20th week, I lost one baby and in the 26th week, the other. Two baby girls. Gone. Read the rest of this entry »

The Double L Club

Would you like to join a “wet floor” sign heavy hitters club? This isn’t any club that I’ve created so I take no credit for it. What’s that you say? You don’t envy the members. Do you even know who we are? Read the rest of this entry »

How would you rate Growing Up Fisher?

I watched Growing Up Fisher tonight for the first time and my rating doesn't seem to match what the rest of the US feels about this program. I don't like to go against the grain but this is how I feel ... Maybe it's where I am in my life. Read the rest of this entry »

My Story with RP

I'd like to be serious for a change. February is Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Awareness Month. In support of this month, I thought I'd take a few minutes to share my story. Read the rest of this entry »