Little Fighter

Little Fighter

The sidewalk slid beneath my boots. A long second hung in the air, a second when I knew I was going down and there was nothing I could do about it. Then I pitched forward and sprawled on the icy concrete in front of Taco Bell, struggling to catch my breath.

“Mom!  Mommy, are you okay?” My seven-year-old tugged on my arm, and my guide dog pushed her cold, wet nose into my face.

I did a quick…Continue Reading

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

I thought the sudden snow storm that Saturday morning was nature’s way of telling me I did not have to go tour pre-schools for my almost 4-year-old daughter. My husband, on the other hand, was hell-bent on not letting a little snow get in our way. We had arranged for baby-sitting with my in-laws and headed out the door that morning. Me, my husband, and my guide dog, Frances.

“Goodbye, Mama,” my almost 4-year-old shouted as I grabbed my…Continue Reading

Vision Aware: Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: “2” Cesarean Sections

Vision Aware: Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: “2” Cesarean Sections

Once a woman learns she’s about to have a child, her attention is immediately directed towards prenatal care. At the mid-point of pregnancy, approximately 20 weeks, doctors will begin discussing a birth plan with the expectant parents. A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for your delivery, including things like how to manage your labor pain. Having your wishes recorded in the form of this written document ensures…Continue Reading

“Mommy, What’s A Street-Walker?”

“Mommy, What’s A Street-Walker?”

“Mommy, what’s a street walker?”

The question took me by surprise. I paused at the corner a block away from the school, ready to cross the street, with my guide dog’s harness in one hand and my second grader holding tightly to the other. The wind sent the dry autumn leaves scuttling around our feet.

“Well …”  I thought fast. “A street walker is someone who …. Someone who goes around looking for trouble. Where did you…Continue Reading

5 Years, 5 Poignant Lessons Learned Though Blindness

5 Years, 5 Poignant Lessons Learned Though Blindness

“Alive Day” is a term used by soldiers who have been wounded in battle physically, mentally, or sometimes both. It’s the anniversary of the day their lives changed, surviving the impossible, while being unprepared for the emotional aftermath that will undeniably follow. While I’m not a veteran, I too have a distinct “Alive Day.” January 3rd  2012 – the day I became blind. 

That morning started much like any other. I had woken up to an empty house…Continue Reading

A New Home For Yannie: Baby Ella & My Guide Dog

A New Home For Yannie: Baby Ella & My Guide Dog

My daughter Ella is 16 months old; where did that time go? It feels like yesterday I was holding her in my arms for the first time. She is very mobile now and practically into everything! She doesn’t like the word “no” when she opens drawers and pulls out her clothes. Ella loves to chase our cat, and gets very excited when she sees her. It’s “At” for cat! “At” doesn’t appreciate her tail…Continue Reading

Timeouts & Explaining “Bad”: A Two-Year Old’s Struggles

Timeouts & Explaining “Bad”: A Two-Year Old’s Struggles

“Bad!”

I want to give Langston full explanations for his infractions. But that short, sharp bit of invective, the code word I’m sure my mother used with my brothers and me when we were toddlers and pre-schoolers, is the word I’ve chosen—or rather the utterance which bursts out of me–when Langston commits an act I can no longer dismiss as babyish cuteness or curiosity. He’s my baby, but at age two, he’s not a baby anymore.

“You…Continue Reading

A Blind Woman’s Guide to Easy Holiday Glamour

A Blind Woman’s Guide to Easy Holiday Glamour

Once again it’s the most wonderful time of the year or so they say. Ladies let’s be honest, if you’re like most people the stress you deal with on a daily basis becomes exponentially worse during the holidays.

With frenetic activities—from list making, decorating, gift buying, card sending, meal planning, oh, and let’s not forget those everyday tasks like taking care of our families, homes, and jobs—thinking about what to wear for holiday gatherings is nerve-wracking.…Continue Reading

The First Day of Daycare

The First Day of Daycare

On Langston’s first day of daycare, everything goes wrong for me. James, my husband, who is in charge of packing the stroller basket, our equivalent of the trunk of the car, forgets the breastmilk I’ve carefully pumped and has to rush back into the apartment to retrieve it while Tad, the guide dog, and I keep the stroller from rolling down the hill. Then James takes the stroller handle from me and pulls it back…Continue Reading

“7” Tips for Blind Parents: Holiday Gift Wrapping & Organization

“7” Tips for Blind Parents: Holiday Gift Wrapping & Organization

Between “Santa’s” gifts for my two daughters and the presents we buy for family; I wrap a lot of packages throughout the holiday season. My visual impairment sometimes makes keeping track of who gets what a little challenging. While “Mostly Wonderful” reluctantly foots the bill for most of our Christmas expenses, making sure everything is wrapped and ready to go is completely up to yours truly. There’s always a method to my madness and I…Continue Reading

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