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Registering blind - three years on

Last Friday was my anniversary. No, not my wedding anniversary. Three years ago, on April 1st, I registered blind. I remember it like it was yesterday, and as I now sit and reflect, I do so with mixed feelings. I remember the shock, the pain and the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. I remember the rapid decent into an emotional and psychological black hole, trying to grasp what had transpired and feeling the most debilitating sense of loss. I thought that my life as I knew it was over, and I was right.

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Coping with sight loss: the grieving process revisited

When I registered blind in 2008, I made the decision to embrace my loss and come to terms with the eventuality of losing all useful vision. And so began the grieving process. I went to some pretty grim places in my soul, but when I reached acceptance, I realised that I had never been angry, which is unusual as it is supposed to be a key stage of the grieving process.

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Disclosing a disability when the time is right

I have been loathed to disclose something that is not exactly a secret to those that know me, but conversely is not something that I get on the rooftops and shout about in the way I do about sight loss and human rights. When I first started writing, doing advocacy work and public speaking, I simply felt that disclosure would confuse matters and dilute my message of hope, and that was not something that I was willing to risk.

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Debunking a few myths about what it means to be registered blind

I am really not trying to be flippant and I don't want to seem to be riding rough shot over an issue as important as what it means to be registered blind, but I think I have just had my fill with the barrage of ill-considered questions about my eyesight and have decided its time to do some myth debunking, but because the inspiration for doing such a thing has been driven solely by people who ask questions about it when they have clearly not consulted even a single brain cell, I am apologising in advance if any tinges of sarcasm seep through.

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