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Hi DoubleVisionBlog friends! I’ve been secretly working on this video for the past month as a surprise for Jenelle. Happy Blindness Awareness Month!

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In honor of Blindness Awareness month this October, Joy shares her journey of shame, vulnerability and courage. With both humor and insight, Joy and her twin sister, Jenelle, share their stories of life with RP at doublevisionblog.com.

They have been greatly influenced by the work of shame researcher, Brene Brown.`

Sincere love and gratitude to Ben Thomas, for his stellar production and video-editing skills and for putting up with his knit-picky, film-ignorant, overzealous, script-writing wife.

Thank you, darling Lucy Joy, for sharing your musical gifts, presence and light.

Special thanks to Andrew and Stephanie Schones for filming the speaking portions…your skill and creative advice were instrumental in completing this project. And Jess Price for the B-roll video footage…thanks for the amazing footage, creative eye and fun evening! And props to Scott and Amanda Hodge for script feedback and enthusiastic encouragement. And to the SWs…you know why.

“Fight Song” written by Rachel Platten, performed by Lucy Thomas
All other music written, arranged and performed by Ben Thomas

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25 thoughts on “DoubleVisionBlog Fight Song

  1. Wow, wow, wow!!! Very well done and said. Great job Joy and all! So proud of you Joy, for “coming out” with your story and in doing so helping others. You and Jenelle are a total inspiration to all.

  2. Brilliant message and a wonderful, creative and artful way to convey it. Great work. I hope this video spreads wide and far. I know I’ll be sharing it!

    • Thanks Susan! I saw you tweeted it! So far, it looks like it has over 200 shares and 5000 views on Facebook, but I”m not sure about Vimeo! I hope it makes a difference for anyone who feels shame, about vision loss or anything else!

  3. Absolutely LOVE you site and all that you post! Your Video this week was AWESOME!!!! I just did a Ted Talk on my life with RP and I think you will like it! Please check it out from the link above! thanks SO much!

    • I just watched your TED talk, Keith, and so much of what you talked about resonated with me. I love how you use humor in your talk and I was laughing out loud at the tequila remark. I’m guessing you are a professional speaker because you have a great stage presence and never missed a beat. I also really appreciated your honesty about the struggles you have faced and continue to encounter (and I also have felt like smashing my cane into a thousand pieces!) Your perspective on vision loss and life in general is inspiring. And you mentioned the San Juans, so you are likely a Northwestern resident like me!

      Jenelle

      • Wow!!! Thank SO much Joy and Jenelle!!! Means so much to me that you took time to watch AND you enjoyed it!!! I had hoped you would have been able to relate. I know I sure can relate to your journey’s and reading your posts makes my life better!! So thank you for putting yourselves out there!!!! I hope I get to meet you someday!!!!

        I live in Olympia, WA and no I am not a professional speaker but I really would like to be. I need inspiring people like you in my life and I want to give back and inspire people. It is what makes me happiest.

        Thanks again for taking time out to watch my ted talk!!!!!

        Cheers!
        Keith

        P. Oh, I also have a blog called Blind Independence that you may like. http://www.keithdavid.blogspot.com

    • wow, your TEDtalk was awesome, Keith! I love what you said about reality never being as bad as we picture in our minds…SO true.”Go toward what scares you.”- love it! Thank you for sharing and for connecting with us!

      • Wow!!! Thank SO much Joy and Jenelle!!! Means so much to me that you took time to watch AND you enjoyed it!!! I had hoped you would have been able to relate. I know I sure can relate to your journey’s and reading your posts makes my life better!! So thank you for putting yourselves out there!!!! I hope I get to meet you someday!!!!

        I live in Olympia, WA and no I am not a professional speaker but I really would like to be. I need inspiring people like you in my life and I want to give back and inspire people. It is what makes me happiest.

        Thanks again for taking time out to watch my ted talk!!!!!

        Cheers!
        Keith

        P. Oh, I also have a blog called Blind Independence that you may like. http://www.keithdavid.blogspot.com

  4. I was led here by Blind Mom in the Burbs blog. And WOW! This made my morning! I’ve always loved Fight Song, but never as much as when Lucy sings it. What a talent. Great job sharing your story, Joy. I’m a former teacher and after having a blind 3rd grader in my sighted classroom, I wrote a children’s book (Keep Your Ear on the Ball) about the experience. It focuses on the need for interdependence and acceptance of differently-abled friends. I’d love to send Lucy an autographed copy if you’d be willing to email me your address at smoki2 (at) aol (dot) com.

  5. What a beautiful video! Thank you for sharing & inspiring others with your story! Joy, you are a blessing to SO many! May you continue to soar and fly with your new best-friend Roja!

    • Thanks Renee! I really appreciate your support and encouragement! And Roja loves her “playdates” with Hennessey and Sonoma!

  6. Knowing that I’d relate, Becky Andrews (of Resilient Solutions in Bountiful, Utah) directed me to your video and blog. Though I’m older than you and Janelle, I could definitely relate! You, your story, Janelle, Roja, Lucy and her song definitely brightened my day! Thank you!

    • Thanks for watching the video and sending us this kind comment. We’re so glad that it resonated with you.

      Jenelle

    • Thank you! Any friend of Becky’s is a friend of ours! I’m so glad you related, and I hope to meet you at the retreat in June, if you’re going! 🙂

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