“Keep Moving Forward”
White Cane Training
When I trained to use a white cane, I used the phrase “Keep moving forward,” frequently to get past scary, uncomfortable, embarrassing or out-of-my-comfort-zone moments. Eight years later, I still say it but it now it propels me forward in a positive way.
Whatever I take on, I keep moving forward.
This month, I’m moving forward to better reach my goals.
Ultimate Blog Challenge
I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to grow my readership. For readers unfamiliar with this challenge, it’s when bloggers purposely blog each day of the month. Putting it out there makes me accountable. Readers, please cheer me on!
If you are new to my community, let me share a little about myself. I like to have fun and share my life with all its inconsistencies caused by poor vision and hearing. I poke fun of what I call “my adventures.” God is always teaching me and, I think, laughing along with me while He helps me overcome the barriers–ensuring I keep moving forward.
How I See Myself
I’m an educator, an author and an inspirational speaker. I’m also losing my vision to a progressive and incurable eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. In addition, I’m losing my hearing at a rapid rate, which my family and I believe is due to another rare disease called Usher Syndrome, the leading cause of deaf blindness.
But I’m moving forward.
Low Vision High Expectations Motivator
The name sounds good, huh? It never fails after I introduce myself to an audience this way, it’s usually right before I trip on something sticking out or turn around and walk into a wall!
Still, I have plenty to celebrate!
I run at the track, take photographs, make new friends, travel and even climb mountains! I can do this with 5 degrees of central vision and no peripheral vision at all.
Because I don’t give up.
I keep moving forward.
I’ve written two books. The first called Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith. In this book I share my journey in coming to terms with my vision loss through mobility training. I grapple with my faith while I slowly rebuild my confidence and regain my independence through an unlikely source: a completely blind mobility instructor who challenges all my preconceptions about blindness.
In my second book, Cane Confessions, The Lighter Side to Mobility, I take a humorous look back at “moving forward” with mobility issues before and after I started using a cane. Some stories are placed in the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. Others occur in the United States. All show my determination not to let my limited vision–well, limit me.
I’m now writing my third book in the Mobility series called Second Sight: Spiritual Lessons in Mobility. These stories combine overcoming my fears with faith and humor. They keep me moving forward.
I’m reaching out to encourage others facing vision loss to encourage them and to sighted people to correct misconceptions about blindness while making them aware of the everyday challenges. My books are available in regular, large print and audio.
As an educator, I speak to groups like various Lions Clubs, schools, civic groups, senior centers and churches about overcoming loss, grounding yourself in faith and looking at life through a lens of humor.
Won’t you join me on my journey? Tell me about yourself. If you’re new, check out my posts! Sign up for my blog. Learn a little about how we can all become better by reaching higher, seeing past the visible, and stretching ourselves beyond our comfort zone.
What are your interests? What do you enjoy and what don’t you like? How are you challenging yourself to move forward?
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