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To All New Moms and Moms to Be: From A Veteran Blind Mother

To All New Moms and Moms to Be: From A Veteran Blind Mother

I wanted to take a moment and write you all this letter; I wish someone had done so for me when I was standing where you are. I am the proud mother of two grown daughters, ages 33 and 25, and I raised them both registered blind. Yes, I “survived” motherhood, and you will too. […]

The Making Of A Young Advocate

The Making Of A Young Advocate

As my nine-year-old daughter Sarah and I walked to church recently, she asked me point blank, “Why don’t you and Daddy like Donald Trump?” The question stopped me in my tracks. Oh, let me count the ways, child, let me count the ways! But I wanted to give her a very concrete answer she could […]

Lessons Learned From Canned Goods

Lessons Learned From Canned Goods

After a big shopping trip to stock the pantry, my daughter Sarah and I sat on the kitchen floor one Saturday afternoon marking canned goods in braille. I felt overwhelmed by the dozens of cans that needed to be labeled and put away, which led to a few sharp jabs from my conscience. My little […]

Yes, I’m Blind. Yes, I Have Back Fat.

Yes, I’m Blind. Yes, I Have Back Fat.

The first Wednesday of every month, this momma gets a night out on the town. Frances and I walk fifteen blocks to a local catering hall where we attend a Soroptimist meeting. Sometimes having a guide dog is a lot like having a toddler, meaning you better make sure you relieve your dog before you […]

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… […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Celebrating White Cane Day – October 15th A Call To Educate

Celebrating White Cane Day – October 15th A Call To Educate

I’ll never forget that feeling almost 5 years ago. I had been assigned an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) instructor from what was then called the Jewish Guild for the Blind. My instructor, Carol, arrived at my home for my initial consultation. I had been blind less than three weeks. We sat in my kitchen talking […]

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