Blog Posts by Amy Bovaird

Reviewing Books on Blindness: Harnessing Courage and Moving Forward As an Individual with Vision Loss

Editor's note: These book reviews by Peer Advisor, Amy Bovaird are part of the VisionAware Bookshelf Series. Each book shares a message of facing vision loss straight on and finding the courage and will power to move forward with life as someone living with a visual impairment. Harnessing Courage: Overcoming Adversity Through Grit and Gratitude by Laura Bratton By


The Value of Senior Centers for People Who Are Visually Impaired

Editor's note: This month is National Senior Center Month. We would like to invite you to take a survey on your experience with Senior Centers. Meanwhile, enjoy this post and consider trying out your local center! SiteWise Super Suggestions for Community Centers flyer My Visit to a Senior Center "Bingo! I won!" squeals an elderly woman from somewhere in the back of the room. She waves her arm back and forth in case the caller doesn’t see her hand. "Wait to clear your cards until we find


Taking a Cruise Is No Longer an Item on My Bucket List

Editor's note: With summer just around the corner, it is time to think about your vacation dreams and plans. Amy Bovaird had a dream of going on a cruise, one that she got to fulfill a few weeks ago. Find out about her experiences. Wanting to Travel Again One of my bucket list goals for this year was to travel again. My life of teaching English overseas had kept me traveling globally for half my life. The death of my father brought me back home and they stopped abruptly. I longed to travel internationally again. Out of the blue, my high school


Helping My Family Cope with Diabetes and Understanding the Consequences

Editor's note: As we come to the end of National Diabetes Awareness month, peer advisor Amy Bovaird shares her concerns about diabetes and its impact on her family. Impact of Diabetes on My Life Diabetes impacts my life because three people in my family have it and I see how it affects them. My mother and two brothers all have Type 2 diabetes. Mom, frail and slender at eighty-six, is very careful about her diet. She exercises as much as she safely can at her age, which means riding a stationary bicycle each day. Yet because diabetes


Coping with Caregiving in Your Own Way: You Can Help

Editor's note: Amy Boviard's sister passed away this week and she asked that we share this post as a memorial to her sister who has just ended a long journey with illness. You may want to read other posts in our caregiving series. Amy Many of you are visually impaired and/or hearing impaired like me. (I have retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and Usher's Syndrome, a condition in which people with RP gradually lose hearing.) Or maybe your age impedes you from doing all that you want to do. Caring for and communicating with a family member


My Road to Independence

Editor's note: Amy Bovaird is a new peer advisor. In 1988, I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a progressive genetic disease that typically results in blindness. I chose to continue a new career in Teaching English as a Second Language abroad. To my surprise, nothing much changed with my vision. I noticed gradual differences but I could retain my independence over two and a half decades of teaching English in different countries. In 2006, I returned home from the


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