In Ohio, voting is very important. We are definitely a swing state. I have a disability but it does not stop me from my civic duty. Voting is a great way of getting our voices hard and to make sure disability rights are not forgotten. All polling places are set up to be accessible for everyone with different disabilities; from visual, hearing, wheelchair access and more.
Please vote not only during the presidential race once every four years but also the local elections, of senators, house of representatives, judges, levies, and more. Voting is more than just picking a President, it is about our rights and concerns about the infrastructure of where we live, education, public transportation, health, and public servants that represent our focus and important issues when they report to work in Washington during a Senate or House of Representative hearing. The nice thing about democracy is that all this government agencies, positions are interwoven to provide check and policies and to prev...
My Guide Dog school Director of training has started to get a Lions Club in our neighborhood. I am very excited. Lions Club are the guardian angels for the blind. With all the money, events, advocacy and awareness this organization has provided, I am very eager of being a member of this new location, right in my back door.
It makes sense that a Lions Club as a Franklinton Chapter. A blind school is here, they train guide dogs, and also orientation and mobility with white canes. It is right in the heart of downtown, where you see dogs in harnesses walking being trained to go home with their new blind friend.
Plus, Franklinton is going through a major change. It has been branded the bottoms for a long as I remember. Historically, it was called the bottoms due to a major flood that covered houses and everything in this area. After that catastrophe, the neighborhood had a hard time coming back and the bottoms took on a different definition. "Bottoms" meant the poor, the "left behind", the h...
So I have started!!!!! It felt so good completing these two miles. Did I run it? Did Roxy and I just remember the rhythm and stride and just picked up where we started? Not quite.....
I am very out of shape from this winter. My weight is where I want it to be, so I did not indulge that much over the winter but my stamina, and wind is gone. I feel like a wet noodle. So today, with the break in Ohio weather to a balmy 55 degrees. Roxy and I decided to stretch our legs and catch the wind in our lungs.
I walked most of the two miles, and Roxy and I was both very winded. I felt the blood circulating and my thighs, arms and stomach tingling. We did sprint a couple of things but very short sprints.
We completed two miles in a hour (Ouch!) but heck, at least we started.
Looking forward to getting this running rhythm back!
I want to live a life like Roxy because she is freaking amazing. This is an un-acknowledgement of day light savings time tonight stealing a hour of sleep from me. Ironically, I do not care if it is dark when I leave for work and dark when I leave for home from work. Why can't I live in sunshine Florida when they may pass a bill not to recognize Day Light savings.....because, really? Time is all relative. Per Einstein, time was lumped together with space and gravity. Gravity could warp the fabric of the time-space continuum and fold into itself making time travel possible? Let me back up from the science and take a look at time through Roxy's eyes.
It is more simple. Rox wakes up and wags her tail and loves and is eager to lick and nuzzle against her family. She wags her tail with her harness on, she wags her tail in the office, she wags her tail when we walk home from work, and so on and so forth. Her day is measured in wags not time. So I will adapt this policy. From here on, I will n...
Getting started is always the hardest thing to do. I received an email from my friend in California for marathons for the blind in the State. I want to do something so big as this but I have not even ran my first one yet. My first 5k is literally around the corner and I have been invited with The Ohio State School for the Blind to participate in their 5K as well.
I need to get my butt in gear and train. Ohio weather has been crazy and I have no running partner other than Roxy. Let me stop. Those are excuses, I have great walking/running trails in my neighborhood and Roxy and I walk to and fro my job all the time. So I can do this!
My goal is to start next week. I need to start with the 80/20 rule. Walk briskly for 80 percent of my rain and try to run 20 percent of it.
I have a gym membership that I only used once, so I can grab a Uber and run on the treadmill if the weather is bad. Enough of the excuses, I got to get my butt in gear.
After the Parkland tragedy, I have been listening closely to what these amazing students are doing. Children not yet 21 years old, have taken a stand for their rights, for their SAFETY.
Being part of the disabled community, we are also in danger of having our civil rights taken away from us. Speaking for myself, it took three years after my diagnosis to not be a hermit and walk proudly and confidently outside among everyone else. I fought hard to stay employed and still fighting even harder for my community to be accepted as an untapped source for companies to access for hire.
Since late 2017, the current administration has been looking to change the ADA Act. ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act. It " is the nation's first comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications." (https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/35th/1990s/ada.html).
Technology, assistive tools, serving my community, helping others, volunteering, learning, educating myself and others, that is my main focus for 2018 and forward. But when you are disabled and not tied to a"big" money, or a big fish in a corporation how do you get a seat at the table for others to listen to blind wants and needs?
I have found it very challenging and have learned a lot over this past year and a a half. I had to learn that not all people have the same passion and motivation to make an idea for the blind to come to fruition. I learned words like; "return on investment", "shelving projects", and all other corporate jargon.
I am frustrated with the political red tape who who would even listen to you. I have been the recipient of the "pocket veto" more tines than I can count. What is a project veto? When you try to communicate via email, or phone by leaving messages with no response and in turn to prevent from becoming a nuisance; I stopped communicating....
Baby Steps I keep reminding myself. I am still trying to think about my goals being fit as a legally blind person. This winter has been hard on both my body and mind. The cold days and nights. And realizing the light perception I have I miss with the days being shorted and the nights longer. My workout regime indoors is inconsistent; sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. It is motivation. I gained all the weight I lost due to my hibernation/alienation. But I am ready. The days are getting longer and there are hints of spring everywhere. It is still cold with a bite in the air but there is a aura of rebirth and new beginnings.
Yesterday, I started back my indoor regime. It is extremely simple trying to get the blood running. My exercise routine consists of this:
3 sets of 10 dead lifts with 25 pounds
100 squats with 10 pounds
7 sets of 10 arms weight exercises with 10 pounds
5 sets of leg lifts no weights
20 tummy exercises
I am going to do this 5 days a week with two days off f...
I am happy to be back on this website. A lot of things did not work out how I wanted them too but I was still able to raise money to the guide dog blind school; Guiding eyes for the blind in New York. In 2017, I was preparing to run a 13 mile marathon with Roxy and reality hit me fast. I was not ready. I had to place the safety for myself and Roxy as priority and had to withdrawal from the Trailfest race in Utah. 2018 I am rethinking my strategy. But before I dive in to those dreams, lets recap on 2017.
I met great people. Bill Barkley a blind/deaf adventurer. Richard Hunter and Klinger a blind marathon runner and his guide dog. So many people within the blind community, organizations and advocates. With the help of friends and Richard; in 2017, we raised over $2,000.00 for Guiding Dogs for the blind.
That is amazing for someone who has absolutely no experience in fundraising, and it was all driven by passion, motivation and love. I will keep the link...
I am so happy that I will still do my marathon in 2018 but I have to start over my exercise/running regime. My husband is working like a mad man with three jobs now so finding the time to run with someone is challenging. So to get back on the wagon to start my fall running, I cannot run with Roxy, I will have to run with my white cane instead until I get my rhythm back. So staring October 14th, I will run again. I have to build up my stamina so right now it will be a mile. During the week; Monday through Friday I will run with Roxy back home from work which is a mile one way. On Sundays I will be able to run with my husband and Roxy longer for a mile. To build my stamina and breath when running: Monday through Friday I will do ballet barre, yoga, squats and weight lifting. I am excited to get back on the horse and be in control of my own running plan instead of having to wait for others to run with me. Wish me luck!!!!!!So like the plats in my garden that I cut down to get the bugs to...