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Roller Coaster of Emotions

Bosma Enterprises - 7/8/2020 1:58:10 PM

Karolina Shiroka's stress and anxiety levels were high at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. However, after calling our resource and support line, she has learned techniques to better handle her emotions.

The fact that the current pandemic is affecting people's mental and physical health is no secret. Since the start, people have expressed an increase in their stress levels and anxiety. However, for people who are blind, the current pandemic has left many feeling isolated and in need of critical resources to navigate through these difficult times. 

Karolina Shiroka is taking advantage of the expertise our programs team possesses to help her deal with her anxiety, and the isolation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. For Karolina, social isolation has been twice as hard. As a senior, Karolina's vision has gradually decreased due to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a condition she has been living with for the past 30 years.

Not only is Karolina dealing with low vision, but her hearing is also decreasing, causing her to feel isolated in group settings. "People get mad when they have to repeat themselves," she said.
Because of her declining vision and hearing, Karolina now spends most of her time at home listening to audiobooks, cooking and going for walks around her complex.

Fortunately, Karolina has the support of her family, especially her daughter and son-in-law, who are more than willing to go to the grocery store and pharmacy for her. Although she's grateful for the support from her family, Karolina admits she is a people person, and not being able to visit with her friends and family has increased her anxiety. To help her manage her stress and anxiety, Karolina decided to take advantage of Bosma Enterprises' resource and support line on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to learn techniques for handling her emotions. "Talking to Michelle is good, and helped in many ways," said Karolina.

Participating in group phone sessions has also been beneficial for Karolina's anxiety.  She enjoys talking with others in the blind community and hearing how they are dealing with life through everything. Karolina wants to thank our programs staff for establishing the resource and support line and providing her an avenue to express herself in a judgment-free environment. She is also thankful to Bosma Enterprises for the care package they delivered to her, helping ease some stress during these challenging times.

Bosma Enterprises is here providing critical support and resources for those in the blind community. Who may be in search of support to help them cope with this global pandemic. If you or someone you know is blind or visually impaired and needs resources during this time, visit our website for COVID-19 emergency relief resources.