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How to Pull Yourself Up When Life Throws You Down

This vision loss thing has knocked me down hard plenty of times over the past year. And I know I’m not alone when it comes to the pain of this and other knock-out blows that life occasionally delivers. The only real question is how to get back on our feet once we regain consciousness and […]

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It Starts With Self-Love

I’ve been mean to myself before. But I didn’t realize just how self-bullying, belittling and cruel I could be until my eyesight took a nose-dive last year. Suddenly I could no longer see my family’s faces or the world around me. And I hated myself for it. I have always been an optimist and a […]

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Harnessing Our Adversity—Before It Harnesses Us

The meaning of these words hit me a couple of months ago when I was in the depths of despair over my eyesight challenges. It came after a trip to San Francisco to try out a new technology that I was convinced would help me navigate my neighborhood. Instead, it was a complete bust and […]

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I Choose To See

I want to start this post by shouting my intention to the world: I CHOOSE TO SEE! It’s been both interesting and infuriating to discover how many well-meaning people think that these words should be removed from my vocabulary. They tell me those words aren’t rooted in reality and that my only way forward is […]

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Join my Health, Happiness and Passion Movement

After spending a lot of time dwelling on the negative, I’ve switched my focus to all of the positives in my life and it’s been making such a huge difference that I’ve decided to kick off a Health, Happiness and Passion blog. My new blog, which focuses on daily Health, Happiness or Passion actions, has […]

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My Journey, My China Treatment Update — and Taking a Break

I’ve realized I need to start at the beginning. So here goes. Until two years ago – twenty-five and a half months to be precise – I was sitting on top of the world. My eyesight was doing amazing. Thanks to acupuncture and diet/lifestyle changes, I was seeing better than ever in my peripheral vision, […]

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China Surgeries – My Experience

As some of you know, and even helped make possible (thank you so much), I’ve spent the last fifteen days in China—undergoing vascular shunt surgeries and stem cell implantation. I made the decision after hearing positive feedback from fellow RPers Brian Smith and Jodi Parr—who underwent the surgeries nearly a year ago—and extensive communication with […]

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Healing from the Inside Out

After spending four years fighting my RP like I’m in the fight of my life, I’ve started undergoing a major shift. Thanks to Behnaz Esfehani, N.D., PhD, an intuitive and holistic healer who holds graduate degrees in education, psychology, and naturopathy, I’m realizing that I need to love my eyes – not fight against them, […]

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Tricks of the Trade: Chapter 2

In a perfect world I’d be driving. Picking up at a moment’s notice and taking myself wherever I need to be. In a perfect world I could see my granddaughter’s sweet little face without having to squint. But this world is not perfect, it’s just our world. And, as I am sight impaired, I have […]

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Giving Cannabis a Try

Yes. I’m dong it—both CBD, the non-get-you-high part of the plant, and THC, the feel good part of the plant. And I’m taking them in the name of both my eyesight and my life. I’ve got Sandro Pretolani and Carrie-ann Sharpe-Musselman to thank for this because Sandro shared Carrie’s post in the Determined to See […]

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