Response to Cane Confessions

One evening, I received a phone call from a member of one of my sight loss groups. We knew each other somewhat because we had collaborated on a project together. We had talked about our respective sight previously. She had no vision in one eye and little remaining in the other. In the past, we had a shared vision of encouraging others from what we had learned. She recommended products that helped other vision-impaired and blind individuals with everyday tasks, especially in the kitchen. Early on, I had asked her if she had read my books.

“No, but I can definitely do that,” she said. “Are they in audio?”

“Yes,” I assured her.

So that evening when she called me, she wanted to speak about my memoirs.

She had just completed Cane Confessions.,

“Amy, I felt like I was there. I could relate to everything.” Her words came fast and she sounded passionate.

“…And when you got lost in your own neighborhood, I’ve done that!”

A good feeling swept over me.

“When you ran, at the school, I mean you deliberately pursued your passion, you didn’t give up on running. You just adapted. That’s completely like me. I’ll find a way to do something. No matter how long it takes. My nickname is Tenacious Trish.”

God, thank you for guiding me in the stories I included in that book.

“Amy, I’ll never go to the places you’ve been. But I feel like I’ve traveled there from reading your stories. I loveyour writing!”

I felt humbled. All those days of having my critique group go through, story by story, and dissect my writing had paid off. Her response even put a horrible 1-star review in perspective. I had wanted to pull the book after finding that one. But my writer friends assured me that was just one person’s opinion so why should I let that keep me from my purpose—encouraging others.

“Do you still climb mountains?” Trish asked excitedly.

“Not lately,” I joked. “But I would if I had one nearby. I still hike”. One of the last mountains I climbed was in Kenya.

“I got a kick out of that story about being ‘a good blind person.’ The one with the baby and the stroller. In the bank. I laughed so hard. As if we have a choice.”

At that point, I wasn’t sure if that was dark or light humor.

Our conversation went on as she told me other stories she appreciated in that memoir.

Response to Mobility Matters

She sighed. “I can’t wait to read Mobility Matters!”

“Let me know what you think.”

And she did.

Just as enthusiastically.

“Amy, I was encouraged to pick up my cane again. Give it another shot. Start a new relationship with it. Your book gave me the motivation.”

Again, I felt humbled. All the glory to you, God.

That memoir had been easy. I chronicled a year of my life as I came to terms with my sight loss through mobility training.

“We have to get the word out. People need to read your books. They need to see they can overcome the challenges. All the fears. They’re there. You write about ‘em…”

“Yeah!”

“Do you have any other books out on sight loss?”

“A shorter one that focuses on my diagnosis called Hitting a Home Run: Blind and Thriving. It has to do with my attitude and not giving up on life. Participating. Not letting your vision loss become the sum total of who you are. If you like baseball, I use that as a framework for this memoir to symbolize the importance of living our best life in spite of the imperfection thrown at us.

A Testimony

One morning not long after that conversation, I received a text message on my phone. It contained a link to a video testimony she had made about my two memoirs.

I had never received a video endorsement regarding my books before.

Another first—having a testimonial from another person with sight loss! It took seven years. God’s timing is perfect.

I was so, so excited!

The video clip was followed by another text. “Did you listen to my testimony yet?”

“I did. Yes, thank you!”

Trish didn’t just talk about getting the word out. She took action and made it happen.

We decided to have her submit her testimonial as a book review. I didn’t know if Amazon accepted video reviews. But I didn’t see why not.

You can listen to her testimonial for Mobility Matters and Cane Confessions here.

Update on Current WIP

My third book in the Mobility series focuses on looking back and pinpointing milestones with my white cane.

Once I came to terms with my sight loss—one of the biggest hurdles I’ve ever faced—everyday life with my white cane has its own ups and downs.

Nothing in life is perfect. People with Retinitis Pigmentosa have to continue to adapt as they lose more vision. This memoir will be called Second Sight: Milestones in Mobility.  it’s about managing those challenges positively with the help of a white cane.

A white cane is a terrific tool for regaining independence due to sight loss but it did have its challenges for me in various situations.

I share humorous stories and authentic feelings in my public and private journey as I became more comfortable with my cane while shopping, taking on the stairs, having it become an integral part of my everyday life.

It’s all about keeping a positive attitude while negotiating everyday tasks others with better sight take for granted.

It focuses on the milestones of growing more confident with my white cane.

I can’t wait to release it!

But it’s still a work in progress as I pull it together to reveal pivotal points those with sight loss will be able to relate to.

This memoir shows the value of always moving forward in a life where faulty sight is the norm—and humor is as strong a tool as our white cane.

Question for you:

My question for you today is what do you consider a milestone? Please share one of your own in the comments below.

 

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