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New Year ~ New Galleria


With the start of a new year I am on a new adventure. Actually it’s not new…more like resumed.

Several years ago I enjoyed a hobby that had provided me with an abundance of jewelry. I made beaded jewelry which included, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, lariats, swanks (my term for an interesting product), and more. I had been a part of craft shows and had a previous shop where I sold jewelry. Since I have so many wonderful items I thought I would open a new shop and market it through this blog.

eyecare (1) logo - no words-largerThe great thing about this new shop, called Eye Can’t Hear You! Galleria, is that now I can finally pursue crafting to make a difference in the lives of people with hearing and vision loss. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Hearing Loss Association of America.

For easy access to my shop you can find links here, on the right side of my homepage, and on the footer of any page in this blog. I will be adding many more products over the next few weeks so please check back often. I truly hope you will share my shop with all of your friends and family.

Here is a quick preview:

Once again, Happy New Year to all and I wish you Happy Beginnings and Happy Blessings.

Happy New Year!


Giving Back


I often think about how I can give back to people who have given so much or to people who have little. I think about our troops, I think about my friends and neighbors, I think about my family, and I think about the person I may run into in the store or on the street. People, especially around the holidays, think about bigger ways to help others. I am all for that but let me bring this up from a different viewpoint. You may be the type of person who is more of an introvert – you’d like to help others but are not comfortable in public situations. You could be disabled but can’t get to where you need to go to help others. You could have certain limitations that prevent you from getting involved.

Here’s a thought. Think about what you CAN do. Make a list, review it, and determine if there is anything on that list that comes from your heart and really means something to you. Then put it into action.

  • If you would like to donate some time to a soup kitchen but have vision issues, then this may not be the right thing for you. You could call ahead and see if there are any positions you could do and if there aren’t you could donate some money or food instead.
  • If you would like to help out at an animal shelter but can’t drive on your own, see if a friend or family member would like to do it with you. You can always pitch in on the gas.
  • If you don’t have a few hours to spare per week or per month, talk to your place of employment or school and see if you can host a drive of some sort – food drive, toy drive, clothing drive, etc.

These are just a couple of ideas but if you wish to make a difference in someone’s life it just takes a little determination.

Giving back is what the holiday spirit is all about for me. I am an introvert. I am vision and hearing impaired. I am determined to make a difference in this world. I consider this blog and my Facebook page, Usher Me In, my year-long contribution to those who would like to learn about Usher Syndrome and to share my experiences with this condition to anyone who is interested. I always hope we touch the lives of people who live with this life-altering condition.

With the spirit of giving back, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you have peace in all of your decisions and actions.

Panic Mode

Wow, when panic mode sets in it’s amazing what happens to the body. Even though my panic episode only last about 15 seconds it had me in a state of, for lack of a better word, panic.

It was shortly after 5:00pm and it was mostly dark outside. My son had a headache and decide he would take a short nap on the couch to see if it would alleviate his pain. He asked me if I could turn off

I initially looked where the red circle is on this picture.

I initially looked where the red circle is on this picture.

all the lights and, of course, I did. I was playing Scrabble on my laptop and decided I could see well enough to use the mouse to continue playing. After looking at the screen for about 10 minutes I looked up at the cable box to see what time it was. I panicked because all I saw was black. I couldn’t see the digital clock on the cable box. After the 15 seconds I realized I had to look a little more to the left to be able to see it…BUT I couldn’t see it peripherally even though it was only about 2 feet away from where I was looking. I certainly hope it’s because I was looking at the bright computer screen and my eyes hadn’t adjusted to the darkness when I looked up. All I can say is I didn’t like that feeling one bit.

Movie Madness


On Friday, when everyone else was shopping during Black Friday, my family and I went to see The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. We thought it would be a great day to go to the movies. It was PACKED! There were seven of us and the only seats available were in the front row. I haven’t sat in the front row in 30 years. So, we sat down and I realized I couldn’t see the whole screen at once…this just wasn’t going to do. Therefore, we had to scatter throughout the theater. My three kids sat together, my parents sat together, and my husband and I sat together. Not exactly a family outing but we had no choice.

Since my husband and I moved back about eight rows I was able to get a better view. The first few minutes it seemed like the colors were too vibrant and almost too strong for my liking. Once the movie got started and I was really into watching it my eyes adjusted to the brightness.

One thing I did notice…the previews are very loud. When the movie actually started I could hear it but not well enough to capture all the words. Normally I don’t need assistance, such as captions, but it would have been helpful this time.

I suppose with Usher Syndrome (Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and hearing loss), my movie going experience will change every time. I will just need to plan ahead a little better.

Happy Thanksgiving


That Little Black Puck

Have you ever been to a live hockey game? I find that this is one sport I really enjoy live rather than on television. With Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) you would think that keeping your eye on that little black puck would be very difficult. I admit that sometimes it is, but…all I have to remember is to follow the bunch of hockey players or gain a sense of where all the players are headed and I can usually find the puck again.


We had seats six rows up from the rink. It was just high enough so that when you looked at the goalies on both teams the glass didn’t skew the view. I had dressed appropriately wearing two layers and bringing one more. The third layer was great for covering my legs like a blanket as it was chilly. Our team that we were rooting for (Charlotte Checkers) scored the first goal within the first 10 minutes. Of course, being the home team the crowd went wild. The game continued to be very evenly matched then the Wolves scored a point and tied up the game. In the last few minutes of the game the Wolves pulled ahead by one and the Checkers lost the game.

It was my 22nd wedding anniversary and we had plans with our boys to take them to this game. I only wish our daughter could have been there but she is away at school. I look forward to the next game as it is an evening out with very little stress on the eyes and ears (for those of us with Usher Syndrome.) Until then…LETS GO CHECKERS!!!

All Day Training Can Be Hard On The Eyes

I was recently promoted at my job and started yesterday in training. For the past seven years I have been working with a research company doing much of the administrative work. What was so great about the job was I worked school hours so I could be home with my children when they got home????????? from school. My youngest is a freshman in high school so it isn’t as necessary to be home the whole time they are. This has offered me more flexibility with my hours. A few weeks ago I was offered a promotion to Marketing Associate and the job started yesterday. The whole marketing team has been restructured so we had to go through a full day of training. As I have done marketing before it was a great training session and we did a lot of brainstorming to work toward making sure we will be efficient at our jobs.

SMARTBoardSCIENCEThe hard part about our training session was the lighting. We worked in the conference room all day which has fluorescent lighting. In addition, we worked on the Smart Board with the room lights off. We were switching back and forth between having the lights on and off while working with the Smart Board and then just talking. It ended up working out fine but boy was I exhausted when I came home from work.

I really like my job but I don’t like feeling drained by the end of the day. I work from 8:30-4:00 and by 5:00 yesterday I was practically sound asleep on my couch.

I know the new job will be great but I need to figure out how to not be so tired by the end of the day. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Vision Walk Success

fy14_visionwalk_boxWe did it! Team Usher Me In (Greensboro, NC & Boston, MA) raised over $4000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Our VisionWalks yesterday were a huge success. The weather was a little cold but it was beautiful and our fellow walkers were terrific. We would like to thank all of those people who donated and walked with us.

Triad VisionWalk (Greensboro, NC) Team Usher Me In

Triad VisionWalk (Greensboro, NC) Team Usher Me In

Usher Me In Boston VisionWalk

Usher Me In Boston VisionWalk

Usher Me In Boston VisionWalk

Usher Me In Boston VisionWalk

Did you know you can still donate money to the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB)? You don’t have to wait for VisionWalks. In an effort to raise more funds for FFB and the Hearing Loss Association of America think about online shopping for the holidays through my website. For the months of November and December I will be donating 75% of all commissions to these causes. In order for this to work, you must use the links provided to these stores as this is the only way the commissions are calculated. On January 1, 2014 I will tally up the commissions and write a check to each of these causes. It will be a great way to continue support for these causes and the get year off to a great start.

Goal Setting…and Reaching!

mast-head-vw-elementI have created a team, Usher Me In, to walk in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Triad VisionWalk on October 26, 2013. This will be the second time our team has walked and I’m proud to say that with the help of many family members and friends we have exceeded the goal I set for raising funds for vision loss research. This is the best news I’ve had all week.


We still have 12 days to go to raise money for this important cause. So many people are affected by vision loss and I don’t know about you but I want a cure, for Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in particular, but for many vision loss diseases.

If you feel called to help please visit our page, Usher Me In Triad VisionWalk.

Eye Can’t Hear You! Galleria

Crafting to make a difference: Twenty-five percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Hearing Loss Association of America. All of us with vision and hearing loss thank you.


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