Unlike my sister, I do not have a cane and have not received any mobility training. Similar to most people, I had considered canes to be something you start using once you are completely blind. It had never been introduced to me as a tool “to help you not run into anything” as the mom simply explained to her child in Joy’s last post.
As Joy also mentioned in her post, I contacted my state’s department of rehabilitation regarding cane training on the exact same day as she did. Although it would be fun to pretend that this “coincidence” has something to do with twin telepathy, I think it is actually the result of Joy meeting with the young lady with RP who began using her cane as a junior in high school. For some reason hearing that was the final straw for me. It seems strange to me that this was the final straw that motivated me to look into cane training considering I have had so many experiences or rather literal “run-ins” that truly should have been the last straw. (which for our International readers is a phrase often used meaning The final additional small burden that makes the entirety of one’s difficulties unbearable.) Why didn’t I get a cane after I punctured a hole in my shin during a cross country meet because I didn’t see the bleacher? Why didn’t I get a cane when I was feeling anxious about navigating my way around campus my freshman year in college? I could spend days coming up with similar questions, but instead I will choose to focus on the present fact that I am getting a cane.
I am sure there are readers wondering why my sister and I are making such a big deal about something as simple as using a cane. Why is this so challenging and why are we analyzing it so much? I know there are plenty of visually-impaired people that seamlessly use their canes and do not feel it defines them in any way. I have read some inspiring blogs written by people who explain that they don’t even consider vision loss to be an issue or struggle in their lives. While I have every intention of getting to that place, it is just not where I am right now. It means a lot to me when people accept me exactly where I am, even if it is not where they think I should be or where they are. I hope that doublevisionblog is a place where people can feel okay to be exactly where they are in their journey with vision loss or anything they might be struggling with in life. I will be adding updates regarding cane use to the blog as I receive training this fall.