I am fifteen years old, but am constantly being told I look and act older. I am doing my GCSE's at a mainstream school at the moment and feel somewhat like a hamster in a wheel. There is a lot of studying. I have a guide dog called Laila who is a golden retriever, yellow labrador cross and she lives with me here in East Yorkshire. If you haven't gathered from the fact I have a guide dog I am sight impaired and that opens up a very very lengthy story.
In brief: I was born with microphthalmia and a congenital cataract in my left eye. This means I was born completely blind in my left eye due to the lack of eye development and the inoperable cataract. I was like all the other kids, but could only see through one eye. This was fine until I was about 11, when I developed latent onset rotary and horizontal nystagmus, astigmatism, myopia, peripheral loss, tear duct malformation and photophobia in my so called 'good' eye! I put links in there in case you wanted to know what the big medical words meant, awareness raising is important for all medical conditions. Anyway, I am writing this in November 2012 and I have currently had another vision loss due to the nystagmus increasing, which is rubbish! Generally speaking I have six percent vision in one eye, but it might be worse now. I also have chronic headaches caused by my eyes, I've had the headache I have now for almost a month to give you an idea.
Phew... well that wasn't very brief... It does get shorter the more I have to type it all out (I reckon I am just lazy).
My eyes don't define me. I love to write, though as a child I had a very turbulent relationship with handwriting and pens (we all had to use those silly ones that fit your hand in primary school and I could not get the hang of it at all with my silly claw grip) I have always loved reading and writing stories and articles. Now I am a seasoned typist and just write as much as I like relatively easily thanks to speech software. I read a lot too, and my book reviews are published on this blog. If you click the Topic 'Books' you can see them all.
I do a lot of work with different charities and organisations, I am an ambassador for VICTA, a cybermentor (online peer counsellor) for Beat Bullying, an audio reporter for LOOK and a young leader in both brownies and guides for Girl Guiding UK. I also did a Young Disabled Leaders course with RADAR in 2011, and for my achievements in that course I was lucky enough to go to a reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by Samantha Cameron - which was amazing.
I can often be found reading on a beanbag, blogging, eating oatcakes or chilling with my friends. This is my life and everything that goes on or is around it.
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