Growing up, my dream was to join the Peace Corps, work for a non-profit organization like Christian Children’s Fund, or serve on the mission field. I was always drawn to other cultures and lifestyles. I loved foreign languages.  A linguistics course in college put me on a career path of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I used it to support myself as an “unofficial”  missionary. I had no formal training in Missions, though I attended a Christian college as an undergraduate. God simply put individuals and teams in my life for me to serve with and jobs in various countries. 

When I was 28, doctors diagnosed me with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)–a degenerative eye-disease that results in blindness. Amy-happy-for-no-reason-300x199Later, I learned that diagnosis was part of an even rarer  disorder called Usher Syndrome, the leading cause of deaf blindness. I was losing both. 

With teaching experiences in Latin America, South East Asia and the Middle East, I had a passion to write and dreams of seeing my adventures in books. All through my travels, I sent “exotic” newsletters back about my experiences. 

With profound vision and hearing loss, today I am an author, speaker and continue to educate others through my books and talks.  While I feature other cultures in my writing, I focus on how God has taken my life on adventures of faith through my losses right here at home. I speak about a bright future no matter how dark it physically becomes.

I blog about the challenges I face as I lose more vision and hearing. But more importantly, I share the lessons God reveals to me through my difficulties. 

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Read an interview about Amy with the anchorman at WJET local News Station, Erie, PA.
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