Having a support system when you go through any major transition or crisis is super important. I know this from my counseling classes, but also from personal experience. I have always had the loving support of my parents, but most recently they also understand way more than they did before so that’s an additional support that has been extremely helpful. I have some of the best friends in the world and am lucky over the past several years that I have played “clean up” and the sour apples are no longer around. Pretty much everyone around me, those I work with, go to school with, hang out with, etc., know that I am visually impaired but I do still really love my independence. I do need help at times, and they understand that, but they also understand that I like to do everything that I can on my own. When I do have those times when something with RP frustrates me, I have many people to turn to, and that is just so important. There is also an amazing Facebook group out there called “Room with a View” and it is for visually impaired women, and occasionally I see women that aren’t visually impaired but a loved one is. It’s all about women though and so we talk about, of course, all the issues that come with being VI (visually impaired), but there is also some talk about other stuff. It’s a pretty neat resource.
I love my friends and family! 🙂