After breakfast, we begin our hike through the forests to Makwarane, the first village on our itinerary. Before long, I assign my cane permanently to my back pack; with the rough and rocky terrain, it is more of a hindrance than a help to my mobility. I soon develop a technique that carries me through the six day hike, and
Visual Disability Awareness Today for World Sight Day, my brother and I discussed and answered questions about living with Retinitis Pigmentosa; a rare genetic eye disease leading to blindness.
Understanding each other creates a better world. In my video, I share how it feels to go blind.
“There must be some good stuff about having tunnel vision”, a friend said to me the other day. It means you don’t have to see all the shit around you. We were walking down a side street at the time, me holding onto her elbow. I asked her to elaborate and she said ‘’Well, you missed seeing a guy peeing
I’ve just entered Cape Town Medi-Clinic, and am in a rush to make visiting hours. I walk at a brisk pace, eyes focused straight ahead. Whack!! Something has smacked into my shoulder, knocking me off balance. ‘’You just ran into me!!’’ a woman shrieks. I scan the area directly in front of me and take in an elderly, and fragile
I’m sitting with my kids and parents at the Look Out restaurant in Hout Bay when a man approaches our table. ‘You have beautiful eyes. Really beautiful. I just had to come over and tell you that.’ Although I have been offered this compliment throughout my life, I’m still flattered. Especially since I am becoming aware of fine wrinkles and
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a rare, inherited disease in which the light-sensitive retina of the eye slowly and progressively degenerates. Eventually, blindness results. Symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa The first signs of RP usually occur in early childhood, when both eyes typically are affected. Night vision can be poor, and the field of vision may begin to narrow. When RP first starts to appear,