November 10, 2013: My Great Aunt

Today, I am very thankful for the opportunity to grow up around my great-aunt. She has lived with me since I was very young. She has an intellectual impairment. She was diagnosed as “mentally retarded,” but we don’t use that anymore. Personally, I think she has Cerebral Palsy but others nowadays think she might have that or a Traumatic Brain Injury around the time of birth. She is just the sweetest, most loving, fun, cute elderly lady. She has taught me so much about compassion, about patience, about being creative, and about enjoying life. I firmly believe she is so much of why I want to work with individuals with disabilities today. I am very thankful for the opportunity to live and hang out with her.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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