I am a 40 year old woman who has had Stargardts Disease for 30 years. This is a rare retinal degenerative condition that is not treatable with glasses, lenses or surgery. I started this blog to share some of my experiences with others who are affected by blindness or low vision.
Monday, July 8, 2013
The good with the bad
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend ! And happy fourth of July to the U.S. readers !
I decided to share my list of pros and cons of living with low vision. I would love to hear any others you might have!
OK here we go:
Pro – Often when we are driving down the highway I will notice my husband wince or make some kind of displeased face. or sound. That's when I am grateful that I can't see the road kill!
Along the same lines, I am spared some of the gore o TV shows and movies.
Con –When the kids ask me what something is and I can't see it.
Pro – You learn at an early age not to judge people or treat them differently due to their disabilities
Con – sometimes you learned this the hard way
Pro – You develop keen hearing and listening skills.
You also tend to have a good memory because you memorize things instead of needing to look them up time and time again. Case in point: I am the family go to person when it comes to relatives birthdays. For some reason I know them all. I also remember phone numbers of friends I had in elementary school who I haven't talked to in years!
Con – I am sure you can imagine the arguments that occur when I insist that I heard or remember something better than somebody else! Ha ha!
Pro- You learn that there is so much more to a person than outside appearance.
Con – Sometimes you might not realize just how crappy you look when you go out:)
Pro – Schools and businesses are required to provide special accommodations.
Con – Sometimes you just don't feel like being singled out.
Pro- You learn creative ways to accomplish tasks or to get a good look at something. For instance, I take a lot of pictures and videos of my kids(using my ipad and iphone.). Then I zoom in on them so I can see details.
Con – This takes up a lot of memory space! And keeping u with technology is expensive!
I am sure there are lots more. But for the moment I will stop here. Gotta check on the kids.. They are way too quiet!