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by Katey Duppong

Katey Duppong was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) at age 16.  RP is an inherited eye disease featured by progressive vision loss. It typically begins with night blindness, narrows to “tunnel vision” and usually ends in blindness or near blindness. The stages occur differently with everyone.

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Retinitis Pigmentosa is a strange thing. One minute you feel fine, like you’re not being affected by your dwindling vision, then the next minute your world seems to be tumbling to the ground because you can’t find the remote control ANYWHERE! Of course RP does more serious things to us than not being able to find the remote… But honestly I don’t like to think about that. Let’s take it for what it’s worth, and be happy! After all, our timer is ticking, and I know I have TONS to accomplish before the “Ding!”

So why am I going to school for business? To be my own boss, of course! I’m hoping to open up my own learning/play center in the near future, and I seriously can’t wait! My final goal is this: to create something for my husband and myself, that can grow and prosper, regardless of my deteriorating vision. Why not work hard to make it easier on yourself in the future? Start now, prosper later!
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While  going through school, I was trying to figure out what sort of hobby I would enjoy. One day I was at the craft store with my mom and grandma. I looked over at the beading section and felt very intrigued. I LOVE jewelry…. So why not try making some? I grabbed a few beads and some tools, went home, and was in heaven. My eyes weren’t limiting me as to what I could make, and my creativity would have no end! Three months later, I now have an online store titled “Katey’s Unique Boutique.” I believe that every woman should be able to feel beautiful, without costing an arm and a leg! Which is why my pricing is low, and shipping is always free!
But I’d have to say the best part about my small business is that a portion of each order is donated to the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. I’m obsessed with the fact that I found something I love to do, while supporting a cause that means so much to me. For more information you can visit my site: as well as check out my facebook page:

After getting my jewelry business started, I had another idea come to mind. I’m always on Pinterest and find great ideas on how to make life a little easier. I thought to myself, “why not have a place to share these ideas?” That’s when I created “A Fabulously Simple Life.” On this facebook page you’ll be able to see simple recipes, decorating ideas, and things that make life … Well…. Simple! I’ve had great feedback from this page, and it’s nice to know that people are benefiting from what I’m sharing!

As for now, I’m reaching for the stars (that I ironically can’t see haha) and taking one day at a time!

I have a timer clicking away the days I have left to see, and I never want to regret not giving it my all.

Katey Duppong, Girl on the Go!

Hi, I’m Katey Duppong. I’m 20 years old. My life consists of working full time as a at a child care center, going to school full time for Business, building my “Katey’s Unique Boutique” jewelry business, and being a wonderful wife – all while having Retinitis Pigmentosa! Some say I’m crazy for trying to accomplish so many things at once … But honestly, I have a timer clicking away the days I have left to see, and I never want to regret not giving it my all. Living life to it’s every potential is my one and only option, and I’m doing it in style!

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12 thoughts on “Girl on the Go!

  • January 24, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Keep following your passion and inspiring others to live to their full potential!

  • January 24, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Thanks, Sonja! It looks like Katey is set on doing just that!

  • January 24, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Its very inspiring to read Katey’s post..God bless her..thank you for sharing!

  • January 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I am quite familiar with that eye disease as I worked for an eye specialist many years ago, and knew a few of the patients with RP – including a young man who was yet to learn how to cope with his failing vision. Sounds like you are a great inspiration Katey. My best wishes to you.

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Priya, thanks for taking the time to tell her. =) Come back next week for another Friday Friend!

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Di Hill, It’s not often I run across someone who has dealt with RP patients. It’s good to read about your experience. As you observed, it isn’t easy to learn to cope with failing vision. It’s a daily process and mindset. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience and comment!

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you, Sophie! So glad Katey was able to show you that she’s not letting this disease dictate how she approaches life!

  • January 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you all so much for your kind words! And a huge thanks to Amy for sharing my story!!

  • January 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    You’re very welcome, Katey. A pleasure to have had you as my first Friday Friend guest blogger!

  • February 7, 2014 at 2:26 am

    All we can do is keep moving forward we kinda learn to live with it and most people can’t tell as you look around so you don’t hit your head or not shaking there hand. Thinking your rude but there is nothing we can do but just go on day by day keep up the postive work cheers Steve

  • February 7, 2014 at 3:38 am

    That’s right! Each day is a new day. We do what we can, we educate those around us and move forward. Katey’s smile and positive outlook are infectious…in a good way! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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