Hello everyone and welcome back to My Blurred World.
I hope you’re all doing really well.
Today I thought I’d write something a little bit different, this is going to be a letter to my visual impairment. You might think that the concept of this post is a bit odd but I’m hoping it will turn out ok. I’m hoping to convey the feelings I have towards my visual impairment but also the way I’m hoping to conquer it and deal with it.
(Note : If you see me referring to Retinitis Pigmentosa or RP during this post then please know that this is the name of my eye condition).
If you are confused at any point during this post then I apologise in advance, if you have any questions regarding anything within this post/letter then don’t hesitate to ask.
I hope you enjoy today’s post and without further ado let’s begin.
I was diagnosed with your disease at the age of six, I am now eighteen and a lot of things have changed when it comes to my visual impairment. You’ve caused my vision to deteriorate a lot over the last few years and lately I believe that my vision is gradually deteriorating everyday.
I’m writing you this letter to let you know that I won’t let you get me down, you won’t get the better of me and that’s a fact. I feel down because of you some days but I try to maintain a positive outlook on life which is the most important thing in my opinion.
You (my visual impairment) have made me feel isolated so many times in my life, I’ve suffered a lack of confidence and still do and that’s mostly down to you although I can’t blame it all on you because that would be wrong as it isn’t all your fault.
People have misconceptions and preconceptions when it comes to sight loss, some of these can be hurtful and can make us visually impaired people feel different or isolated within society. I want you RP to know that I have felt like this at times but I’ve decided that I no longer need to. Why should I worry about what people think of me? And why should I worry if people see me differently to ‘normal’ people? I know I’m not different and I know that every other visually impaired person isn’t different. The fact that we can’t see as well as others doesn’t make us any less human, it doesn’t make us act any different. We might have to use a cane or a guide dog or the method of sighted guide to get around and go places but we shouldn’t be looked at in a different way because of this.
That’s my ramble about society and misconceptions over and done with, now let’s talk about you… There’s been a breakthrough in the last few weeks that might allow some people who suffer with you RP to regain some of their vision, this is a breakthrough made for fully blind people but more and more research is being made everyday and one day you will be conquered. I’m not sure when that day will be but it will come around, soon hopefully.
I won’t deny that you’ve made my life difficult but I don’t want to slate you throughout this letter, there are some good things involved in all of this. You’ve allowed me to become a more determined person and to have a positive outlook on life. You’ve also allowed me to be a part of a sight loss community and meet some amazing people including my best friend. I also came across the opportunity for my first job because of you as my visual impairment. I’ve learned to embrace my sight loss and accept it. Even though it’s difficult, I think I manage quite well overall. You won’t get the better of me and that’s that.
So RP even though you’re a pain and even though I don’t like being treated differently within society, I am grateful to you for so many things in my life, having you as a disability isn’t all bad but that doesn’t excuse how hard you’ve made it for me. I hope that one day you can be treated, I’m not sure how I’d feel about treatment and getting rid of you because you are a part of me but I guess we’ll see what happens when that day comes, if it does come that is.
Just know that even though you’re a part of me, you will never define me and get the better of me. I’m determined to maintain a positive outlook on life, that’s my main goal. I hope I’ll be able to raise more awareness of the affects you have on many people’s lives along with other sight loss conditions. I hope more and more people will be able to understand in the future.
Right that’s all I have to say for now but I have so much more I want to say to you but we’ll leave that for another day, please try your best not to make things harder.
That concludes my post for today, I think it was all a bit of a ramble and might be a bit confusing but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless.
What are your views on visual impairment?
Thank you for reading today’s post, I hope you have a lovely day/evening.