Can you introduce yourself? Your story is a little different to others I have featured so far on North of Here.
I am an almost 30 year old mummy to Archer who is 18 months old and wife to Cameron. I grew up on the North-West coast of Tasmania. My parents were farmers when I was little, so this upbringing has given me a love for the outdoors and fresh air. I worked as a personal trainer for a while after I finished my Arts degree majoring in Sociaology and Behavioural Science. Personal Training wasn’t for me, so I moved to Melbourne and completed a Dip Ed to become a Primary school teacher. This is a job I adored and. I worked as a PE teacher as well as teaching in the classrooms in the lower primary section.
We now live in Bendigo due to my husband’s work, where I I stay at home to look after our 18 month old.Although I have lived quite a normal and content life, my story is a little different because when I was pregnant with Archer, I developed benign tumours on my optic nerve. Once Archer was delivered, I underwent a grueling brain surgery to remove the tumours which were compromising my vision. I woke up from the surgery legally blind. This was irreversible due to the complexity of the tumours. Not only was I a first time mother, but I had to adjust to a darker world. I do have some functional vision and as I have regained my independence back over time, I have discovered that I can do everything I used to do including cooking healthy meals and exercising. I have documented my road to independence in my blog Blind Intuition to raise awareness for people who are blind or have low vision, break down stereotypes and demonstrate that life does go on and function well after experiencing the trauma of sudden vision loss.