Spotlight on Cheryl Scruton
I met Cheryl in a van coming back from a Support Group meeting at the Sight Center of Northwest PA. She was friendly and smiled a lot. I was surprised to learn that we had both taught at Christian schools in the area but didn’t know one another. Cheryl has since become a friend and is actively involved in events for the blind community in our area. I love her laughter and sunny outlook. In today’s post, Cheryl writes about the ups and downs of a vision impaired childhood and life.
“Somewhere Between Blurry and Clear”
Can you imagine being the parent of a three-year-old that wears glasses? That child was me! I would pull the glasses on and off and break the bows. The company that made the glasses gave my parents a discount because they had to replace them so many times.
Yes, I have been visually impaired all my life. I can only see shapes and lights with my left eye. My right eye turns in but is the dominate eye. Growing up, I wore very thick lenses in my glasses. I knew there was a possibility that I would be blind someday. My family and I prayed that my eyes would not get worse while I was young.
When I was a teenager, I went to the University of Michigan to see if they could correct my right eye. They concluded that surgery would not be the best option since my eyes work independently. The decision was made to try contacts.
What a miracle! I could see the leaves on the trees clearly for the first time!”
We sure thanked God for this blessing.
At the age of 24, I was diagnosed with all eye diseases similar to macular degeneration. That was difficult to deal with. But I knew God had a plan for my life. So I got on with it. I taught in a small Christian school for 23 years. My eyesight was stable all those years!
A few years after the school closed, I developed cataracts. In 2011, I had cataract surgery on my right eye. It was wonderful to wake up in the morning and not have to put on my glasses.
Unfortunately, after a follow-up check-up, I found out that I had lost my peripheral vision (not a result of the surgery).
Today I have trouble with light. Certain lights cause a glare in my vision. My night blindness is worse. Farces are blurry in artificial light.
But God is good. Through the Sight Center of Northwest Pennsylvania and the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, I was able to acquire many visual aids to help me. I was also trained to use a white cane.
I enjoy my life like anyone else does. I am still involved in the ministries of at my church. I go to Jazzercize classes three times a week with a friend. I also like to play putt-putt golf. I play ball by putting a sticky on one side of the putter and use a bright colored ball. I know other vision impaired people and together, we find activities to get involved in. Recently, my friend and I attended “Dinner in the Dark,” a fund-raising event put on by a combined group of Lions Club members. It was really fun. Everyone was blindfolded when it came time to eat dinner. “They’re just like me,” I said to my friend, laughing.
The event was to raise money for a facility housing Leader Dogs in Michigan. I enjoyed listening to the speakers and meeting some of the dog trainers. It was great fun and very inspiring! It was held in the Riverside Inn, an old Victorian hotel with a wide outdoor porch. That’s where my friend and I met up with the Lions Club mascot. I used my cane to get around, of course.
My life hasn’t been easy but God has always been there and He is always good. He has brought me many blessings over the years and my family and I are very grateful for His care.
Cheryllynn Swanson Scruton resides in Cranesville, PA. She taught at Cranesville Christian Academy for 23 years. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA in 1981. She is married to Fred Scruton.
You have read “Somewhere Between Blurry and Clarity” by Cheryl Scruton. Copyright July 3, 2014.