Spotlight on Joy Thomas
Welcome back to the Friday Friends segment of my blog. After a summer hiatus, I’m back with my first fall guest.
I’m honored to introduce Joy Thomas from Naperville, Illinois. She is one of two twins who suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa.
I first met Joy last month when she joined The Christian RP Connection, a Facebook group I help manage. She had posted a video about her journey with RP. I was struck by our similar experiences and personality traits we had in common.
We had both lived in denial of our condition for many years (true, a common theme). But when we faced it, we both decided to open a window to our lives and use it to educate and encourage others about Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Thus, we had developed similar attitudes.
Best of all, we are both freelance writers!
I love the video clip that Joy posted to our group and couldn’t wait to share it with you! I know it will be a real treat for you to learn about Joy and her sister in this video and to see how they’ve coped with their condition, turning the negatives into something that will help others.
There is just two more days of Blindness Awareness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I wanted to be sure to include Joy’s story as I continue to build awareness of how RP, a degenerative vision condition, impacts people’s lives.
Radio Interview for Blindness Awareness Month
Jenelle Landgraf, Joy’s twin sister who also suffers from RP, was featured in a radio interview on October 15 and asked what Blindness Awareness Month meant to her. The interview is about ten minutes long and well-worth the times listening to. Listen to the KOHO Interview.
You can find out more about Joy and her sister on the following links:
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