Post Title:  Letter To My Mother.

Mother’s Day is always somewhat difficult for me, and not only because I found out I lost my twins on Mother’s Day 1999. In May of 2017, the passing of my mother was a week shy of that day. Please read the letter I would write to my mother if I could.

Hi Mom,

Today it will be three years since you passed away. I wanted to let you know I didn’t forget you, or what you taught me most: the importance of family.  You modeled that to me and my siblings your entire life. I hope I’ve lived up to your expectations. Even when I fall short or become impatient with our family, I’m sure you still love me.

Mom, we always had a strong bond. I owe a lot of that to your sacrifice and acceptance of me pursuing my dreams, even though they took me far from you.

I will never forget the day we both learned I was losing my vision, what loving words you said to encourage me that day.

An Unforgettable Memory

You met me in the waiting room of the retinal specialist’s office.  “What did you find out?” you prodded.

“Huh? Nothing.”

“He must have said something.”

I shook my head.

We stood silently side-by-side in the elevator. It stopped at the lobby, and you slipped on your gloves as we reached the heavy, glass doors. I pushed them open and a blast of cold air, typical of late January Erie weather, hit us.

As soon as we reached the car, I threw my purse and notebook in the back and slouched down in the front seat, my eyes closed.

You started the car. “Amy, what did the doctor say?”

“Mo-om. Stop asking. It’s nothing. They just took a bunch of tests.”

“I think they gave you the results of some tests, honey,” you reminded. “You stayed in his office a long time. What did you talk about?”

“Nothing. Trust me. He didn’t know anything.” I huddled in my seat, my head down as you backed out of the parking lot.

You tried to ask me several times as we left the city but I tried to ignore you. I turned to look out the window. Don’t you get that I don’t want to talk about it?

“You’re normally so bubbly. Something’s wrong.”

“He said I’m going blind, okay?” I threw up my arms as I had reached the limit of my patience. “Satisfied?”


You spoke slowly, and when I looked over at you, I saw intense grief on your face. I will never forget what you said next. “If I could give you my eyes, I would. I’ve lived most of my life. You’re still young.”

I was twenty-eight. This sweet, tender, hard-working woman I took for granted would do such a thing for me? The anguish in your voice burst a dam inside me.

My face crumpled. I covered my eyes with my hands, unable to stop the tears from coming and broke down and started to share what the doctor said.

As you listened, tears coursed down your face, too.

That day I couldn’t see the trees but I could clearly see your love. Neither of us had the answer. But God made sure I had the right person to support me on the way home, and to this day, it breaks a dam in me when I think about your words.

Mom, thank you for wanting the best for me. And for loving me enough to give me your blessing to teach overseas and travel around the world because it’s what I wanted most right then. When I came back to live for good eighteen years later, you accepted me without begrudging me that time away. I love you for that huge sacrifice, Mom.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea {TIME SENSITIVE}

This year, if your mom is still with you, be sure to tell her how much you love her. If she’s gone, tell the mothers in your family, you love them. I plan to tell my two nieces and a couple of “mom” friends. Here is a unique gift idea I’d like to share:

The National Foundation of the Blind Performing Arts Division will be delivering singing telegrams for Mother’s Day (also Graduation and Father’s Day). I thought it was the coolest idea ever—and for only $5 per song! The singing telegrams will be delivered on May 10th. It’s quite easy to do.

  1. Select your song from the list below.
  2. Your request must be submitted by 5 pm Eastern time, two days before the telegram will be delivered (May 8).
  3. Fill out the form at or send them an email to with your song selection, the name of the person who will receive the telegram, their phone number and / or their email and whether you would like a phone call with voicemail or audio file sent.
  4. Pay your $5. Make your payment through Venmo to NFB Performing Arts, at NFN-PAD or make your PayPal payment at If using PayPal, please add $5.50 to allow for the processing fee.
  5. One of the talented vocalists will deliver your singing telegram to your special loved one.  All information can be found at www. Any questions, please contact

List of Available Songs for Mothers (and Fathers, for Father’s Day)

Mama’s Song, Carrie Underwood
Mama, Boyz II Men
The Best Day, Taylor Swift
First Man, Camille Cabello
The Mom Song, Megan Trainor
In My Daughter’s Eyes, Martina McBride
Unforgettable, Nat King Cole
You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban
You Are My Sunshine

I wasn’t familiar with all the hit songs so before I chose one, I listened to them via That was such a treat for me. This Mother’s Day, put a smile on a mother’s face. Choose a singing telegram! Support both your loved one and the NFB.

How has your mother or mother-like figure demonstrated her love for you? What special things have you done together?

You have just read “Letter to My Mother” by Amy L. Bovaird. © May 6, 2020. All rights reserved.

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This book is not only for those going through the hallway of vision loss, but for each family member or any one who loves someone losing their vision would also benefit by reading.

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4 Stars  “…As a mobility specialist myself, I found this book of great interest to me for its subject matter. I was quite amazed that Amy could get around on her own with her genetic condition, particularly at night, since individuals with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) tend to lose their night vision and are using a cane at night much sooner than Amy was using any assistive device (even a bright light). Amy maintained her positive attitude, her faith and her sense of humour. If only we all could do that in times of crisis!” –Kathryn Svendsen, Mobility Specialist, Canada

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5 Stars  “Couldn’t stop reading until I finished. Very inspirational. Will definitely be looking for more by this author!” –Sharon Hannah

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5 stars “…This book really inspired me. Amy’s outlook on life is what I would like to model in my own. Yes, going blind SUCKS but she took it to another level. She made it into an adventure and I needed to be reminded of that again. Her positive outlook on this all has really encouraged me in my current situation now. Taking the step of faith to move on forward and embrace life for what it is. I highly recommend purchasing this book! Be inspired, take a journey behind the life of someone with Usher, smile, laugh, and enjoy! –Andi Nicole

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5 Stars “As a person who lives with chronic illness, I sometimes get bogged down with books on illness that feel really heavy. This one does not. Author Amy Bovaird, who is losing her sight, writes so well about her personal experiences, I feel like I’m walking alongside her as I read. I kept coming back to the story to see what happened–was she going to let fear stop her? Would she overcome?
The lessons Amy learns through her experiences apply to any of us who fear aging, illness, new symptoms, or really anyone who needs some inspiration, and that reminder that much can be accomplished if you step out and forward–even when you cannot see beyond that first step. I definitely enjoyed this book. –Kimberly Rae, Bestselling Author of the Stolen Series

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One of the best books I have ever read about mobility and white cane use is called Mobility Matters: Stepping out in Faith by Amy Bovard. It is funny, poignant and packs a lot of tips and useful information. You can find it by following the link below to Amy’s web page and listen to a chapter before you buy, it is wonderful.

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