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Ros became blind when she was pregnant with her first child and Vision Australia was there to help.

"I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. At the time I was working as a secretary for a Trustee company in Sydney, and began immediate laser treatment to save my sight.

Initially I could see blotchy patches, but by the end of 12 months of laser treatment, I was totally blind. It was at this time that I became pregnant with my first child.

Now, 16 years later, I have two wonderful sons whom I take care of on my own, and a fulfilling career.

Looking back, I really don't know how I would have coped without the support I received from Vision Australia.

From initial mobility training around my neighbourhood, to braille instruction and later making the transition back to the workforce after receiving computer training, Vision Australia has played a crucial support role in my life.

I even received great tips on personal grooming and wearing make-up. But most importantly, Vision Australia helped me gain the confidence to know I could look after my children.

Sometimes it's the subtle support from staff who really understand, that makes all the difference. At least that's what Vision Australia has done for me."

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