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Finding her new path

Bosma Enterprises - 11/6/2020 12:32:08 PM

Tracey lost her vision suddeenly. She had to find a new path for her life and she turned to Bosma for help. 

There is likely nothing scarier than the thought of losing your vision. Your world is turned upside-down, leaving you in a state of despair. For former rehabilitation client Tracey Meredith, vision loss was sudden. Tracey had lived with diabetes for 25 years. However, the stress of work, her father’s passing, and fast food negatively affected her health, eventually causing her to suffer a stroke. This caused her retinas to detach and leaving her with limited vision in both of her eyes. “I was disappointed and overwhelmed when I found out about my vision,” said Tracey.
Although Tracey was upset about her vision loss, she is amazed on the amount of sight she has left, and she understood vision loss is not the end of the world. Eventually, she realized she needed comprehensive rehabilitation training to succeed as a person with a visual impairment.
Thankfully, the hospital staff was familiar with Bosma Enterprises and the Center for Visionary Solutions. They informed Tracey about Bosma’s rehabilitation programs and helped connect her. “I wanted to be a productive member of society again,” said Tracey.

Coming to the Center was a new experience for Tracey, despite having worked with people with disabilities in the past. She never thought she would be the one receiving training. Tracey learned how to use tools safely in the manual skills area, to travel using a white cane, to cook safely and to use computers with screen readers.
Adjustment counseling also proved beneficial for Tracey. Although she had been living with limited vision for two years, she still mourned the loss of her sight and the ability to drive and the independence that comes with that. Having the opportunity to express her frustrations and other feelings with an adjustment counselor helped Tracey manage her emotions. “It was good to be able to vent,” she said.

Group sessions with other clients also helped her cope with her new normal. During those sessions, she heard how others who recently lost their eyesight were handling their situation. The encouragement she received from those sessions gave her the strength needed to push forward.

Tracey’s ultimate goal was to find a job. Once Tracey’s training was over, she began working with the employment services team to find employment. An employment specialist helped with her job search and assisted her in filling out applications and updating her resume. However, after filling out dozens of applications and not getting a response, she began to become frustrated with the lack of response from employers. Ultimately, causing her to put a halt on her job search.

After some time, Tracey decided to pick up where she left off and began working with her employment specialist again. She was able to find a job as a manager on duty at an assisted living facility.
“Tracey has come full circle,” said Matt Edwards, employment specialist at Bosma. “She has a brand-new outlook on life.”

Tracey credits Matt and the entire programs staff for helping her regain her independence.
If you or someone you know is experiencing vision loss and in need of our services, please contact us on the web or give us a call at 888.567.3422. We can help put you back on a path of independence.