I know from personal experience, it can be very challenging to negotiate the dramatic life changes that vision loss brings. It has an enormous impact on you both physically and emotionally.
I can tell you just how frustrating and depressing it can be to always depend on friends and family for help with your day to day activities.
But it’s a huge relief knowing I can rely on Vision Australia for practical assistance and emotional support to help me lead my life independently. Growing up with low vision was pretty tough. I am blind in my right eye and have limited vision in my left, through which I can only see only shadows.
A few years ago my mother started working away from home for long periods of time. This was a huge change in my life as I was now in charge of the household, which meant not only looking after myself but also my younger brother, Jia. That’s when I joined one of Vision Australia’s Quality Living Groups. We are all blind ladies who are running a household.
We get together on a regular basis in person or over the phone to share stories, tips and ideas. We do a lot of brainstorming and learn about how we all do everyday chores like cooking, cleaning and tidying up.
We also talk about the psychological and emotional impact of vision loss and specific issues we face.
The group is fantastic. They’ve given me a supportive and open environment to learn the skills I need so I can confidently and safely perform daily tasks at home. It also helps me look after my brother Jia, who is only 17. It’s thanks to Vision Australia’s supporters that services like the Quality Living Groups are available.
I can tell you from experience that for many people like me who have lost their vision, these groups can be an essential lifeline to the outside world.
Thanks to the generosity of the Australian public my quality of life has improved enormously.
Your kind generosity has given people like me the support, knowledge and skills we need to live confident, independent lives and has really opened up the world to people who are blind or have low vision. Vision loss can have a devastating impact on every aspect of a person’s life, bringing with it feelings of frustration, low self-esteem, grief, isolation and even depression.
But thanks to you, Australians like me who are blind or have low vision are able to lead a normal life.