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I’m honored to have my friends Joy Thomas and Jenelle Landgraf on the show today. They write at www.doublevisionblog.com about their journey of losing their sight.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Their journey of being diagnosed with RP at a young age
  • How they hid their disease from others
  • Their desire to blend in with others
  • How finding people who were leading normal lives with their condition made a big difference
  • How people can be helpful
  • How people can often be hurtful due to lack of understanding
  • Their beautiful Blindness Awareness video (WATCH it and share! It’s way past 11K views now!)
  • The work they have done around shame and vulnerability and how it has changed them
  • How their willingness to share their story has been a bridge to talk about blindness
  • How shame is a human experience that we can all relate to
  • Being willing to share our story and not worrying about how it gets distributed
  • Why do they feel ashamed of people’s misconceptions about them? They’ve done nothing wrong
  • How tools can help you show up more in the world and be the person you’ve been created to be
  • Instead of trying to hide from shame, we can choose to observe it and make choices to move out of it
  • How shame about shame can be debilitating
  • There’s no right way to go blind
  • We compare ourselves to others who are farther along on the journey
  • Your journey is your own

I’m so grateful they could join me. Be sure to check out their Blindness Awareness Month video and Like their Facebook page.

Also, a big thank you to Ben Thomas for his help with the audio. Check out his awesome music!

What stood out to you from this episode?