Welcome back to another week of the “Share Your Story” series. Last week Nikki from Quirky Girl shared her story on missing her Superman when she lost her father. This week we have Elin who writes over at My Blurred World. Erin is sharing her story on what it is like living with vision impairment.
My Blurred World
My name is Elin. I’m a 20-year-old student and UK-based blogger. I am the writer behind the blog, My Blurred World, my little corner of the internet where I talk about all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle. There is just one little twist – I am visually impaired.
I created my blog back in April 2015 with the aim of sharing my story in the hope of raising awareness of vision impairment but also hoping to help, motivate and educate others. It’s also a platform where I love to talk about my love for things such as beauty and fashion, I love writing about how I make them accessible to me as a visually impaired person.
I started losing my sight at the age of three and was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa when I was six years old. As my vision deteriorated over time, I was registered blind/severely sight impaired when I was twelve but I still have some remaining vision which is deteriorating everyday.
One of my main aims is to raise as much awareness as possible surrounding the topic of sight loss so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of the challenges I face or have faced as a visually impaired person in such a sighted world.
One of the biggest challenges I face as a visually impaired person is the misconceptions that surround sight loss. I come across a new misconception almost every single week which is quite shocking, and they are the things that prevent some people from treating us disabled people like they would anyone else. I am so passionate about trying to tackle these misconceptions but I know I can’t reach out to everyone. However, I do hope that with time, people will start to gain a better understanding of vision impairment/blindness and how it affects those of us living with it.
Isolation was one of the toughest things for me to deal with when growing up with sight loss. Many people my age weren’t willing to accept me for who I was, they just saw my disability and decided it was something that instantly made me different to them.
I was bullied at school and this caused me to feel isolated on a daily basis. I was constantly feeling like I was different to everyone else and I felt so alone because of it. Thankfully, not everyone treated me differently and there were a few people who were willing to accept me for me, they looked past my vision impairment and I am so grateful to them for that.
I often talk about independence on my blog and social media as it’s definitely a challenge for me. I obviously can’t drive because of my eye condition and this can be hard at times since I can’t jump in a car and go wherever I want on my own. I have to plan journeys and most often than not, I have to go places with someone else. Spontaneous journeys aren’t often possible, for me anyway. It takes a lot of planning, booking assistance etc which can be quite tiring at times.
Unfortunately, this world we live in isn’t designed for those of us who are blind/VI. We are constantly having to battle for things to be created in an accessible format for us which can again be very tiring and somewhat frustrating at times. What I find challenging is when letters, printed materials or menus aren’t available in an accessible format or if a job that I’d love to do isn’t accessible for me or can’t be made accessible to me. There are many other aspects of this world we live which aren’t accessible but we’d be here all day if I were to list them all!
I guess this refers back to the point I made about isolation. Not everyone out there is willing to accept someone if they live with a disability. This is one of the main lessons I’ve learned from living with sight loss. Many people don’t realise that being visually impaired doesn’t make us any less human. It doesn’t mean that someone is different to anyone else in this world just because they can’t see. There are many people out there who will treat us differently because of our vision impairment, they will often talk to us as if we are a child, or as if we don’t understand them. Some people won’t even acknowledge us at all which is quite saddening.
I personally don’t think it’s right to feel the need to treat or talk to someone differently just because of the fact that they live with a disability. I hope by writing my blog and articles for other bloggers and publications that I can raise some awareness and educate others in the hope that I can make them realise that living with sight loss doesn’t make me or anyone else any less human.
I’ve my own passions, dreams, goals and ambitions and although it can be hard sometimes. I try not to let my vision impairment stop me from achieving them.
I would like to thank Jo for giving me the opportunity to write this post on her blog today. I hope you enjoyed reading and were able to learn a little something from it.
Thank you Elin for sharing your story on what is like living with vision impairment. I can’t imagine what it’s like being treated differently by other people for something that is part of you!
If you are interested to hear more of what Elin has to say then you can head over to her social sites: