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My Darkest Day: Becoming A Blind, Single Mom

My Darkest Day: Becoming A Blind, Single Mom

My life didn’t go as planned. Does anyone’s? Not the kind of people I connect with. I’m drawn to the people who have experienced heartbreak, loss, rejection, failure and confusion, yet still have become brave warriors in an uncertain world. The kinds of individuals who say, “I’ve been through hell and I’m still here.” The ones who […]

To All The Blind Moms Out There; I “See” You.

To All The Blind Moms Out There; I “See” You.

To the blind mom feeling frustrated because her Uber driver refuses to allow her guide dog in the car and she’s late to her kid’s school recital … To the blind mom battling debilitating eye pain, attempting to instill her eye drops with one hand, while balancing an infant on her hip with the other… […]

Back Eyes

Back Eyes

I don’t remember exactly when it happened. My daughter might have been three or four years old. She may have been climbing up on the kitchen counter, quietly trying to snitch a cookie, while I was in the living room typing away on my computer. Or she may have been easing open the bottom drawer […]

Blind Mom Guilt: The Tale of the Big Girl Bed

Blind Mom Guilt: The Tale of the Big Girl Bed

Can I get real with you? Like, really, “R-E-A-L.”? I’m a total Type A, epic control freak. I’ll own it. When it comes to my daughters, I will literally drive myself crazy trying to make everything absolutely perfect for them – whether it’s planning their birthday parties or choosing just the right outfit for our […]

Lost Mittens, Burnt Lunch & Lessons About Self-Compassion

Lost Mittens, Burnt Lunch & Lessons About Self-Compassion

The sun streamed brightly through the trees, illuminating the large piles of crisp white snow as I rushed out the front  door. I chatted distractedly with my sister on my cell while grabbing the long blue sled from the front porch and tossing my son’s after school snacks and snow gear onto it before zipping […]

“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 […]

In Memory of My Grandmother – Nana Johanna “Joan” Benford

In Memory of My Grandmother – Nana Johanna “Joan” Benford

It happened to me again tonight. I made myself a cup of hot chocolate, the cheap powdered kind. After pouring in the hot water, I dipped my spoon into the mug. That’s when I heard it – the almost lyrical sound of metal hitting porcelain. For one beautiful moment, I was ten years old again, […]

Happy 1st  Birthday Blind Motherhood With Thanks For All The Support

Happy 1st Birthday Blind Motherhood With Thanks For All The Support

When I lost my eyesight in 2012, I never thought I would find purpose again. The loss of my vision was absolutely devastating. In those first few weeks of adjustment, I considered ending my life several times.Thankfully, with the help of my husband, the NYS Commission for the Blind and by the grace of God, […]

Blindness And A Beautiful Baby Boy:  The Making of A “GiGi”

Blindness And A Beautiful Baby Boy: The Making of A “GiGi”

As long as I live I’ll never forget that moment. The photo of the tiny sleeping infant nestled in my son’s arms was so precious. My eyes filled with tears as I continued to look at my first grandchild; he was so beautiful. Thoughts of not being able to see him as well as I would […]

Blind Parenting Series on Vision Aware

Blind Parenting Series on Vision Aware

Advocating for blind parents is a cause I feel completely dedicated to. There are so many visually impaired parents looking for support and direction when it comes to parenting. As a Peer Advisor for the American Foundation for the Blind, I have been given the opportunity to help coordinate a ground breaking series called, “Blind […]

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