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Larissa from Ontario, Canada

Larissa’s Story

My name is Larissa and I’m 27 years old. I was diagnosed at 8 years old after my teachernoticed that I was having difficulty seeing the board and informed my parents. Initially, my eye doctor told my parents that I must be just looking for attention and that there was nothing wrong with me. My parents persisted and took me to another eye doctor who diagnosed me.

I have been legally blind for most of my life. I have never had a drivers license. One of my biggest hopes is to be able to drive one day. My friends and family are very supportive and helpful, but I sometimes feel frustrated that I have to depend on others to get around. It would be lovely to have more independence.

Despite my vision, I’ve managed to live a relatively normal and very happy life thus far. I went to college after high school and finished a two year diploma. Following that, I started university and finished my degree five months ago. I am having difficulty finding a job but I don’t let that get me down. I realize that certain things in my life may take longer or be a little more challenging, but I always get there somehow.

I am so grateful to have found all of the stories on this website. It’s amazing how alone you can feel sometimes, and simply knowing that others have had similar experiences is so empowering. I’d love to have a family and I often wonder how legally blind mothers cope. Reading stories here has helped me to relax a little and not worry about things that I cannot predict.

I wish all of you happiness and peace of mind. You all inspire me to enjoy my blessings and be strong.