Seeing the World Through Electronic Eyes: My 2 Weeks to See it All By Leona Emberson

I recently had 2 weeks with electronic  glasses. Glasses that had the potential to change my view on the world, and myself. As is typical for me, I thought the process through, deliberated on the pros and cons, hesitated, and then jumped in with both feet, despite not being able to see where I might land. I may not have known where I would end up, but I knew what I wanted to see along the way. I had a list written out on bold lined paper with my black marker. This list included fun things such as seeing the city of Toronto from the top of the CN Tower, playing video and board games and  going to a museum. It included practical things like grocery shopping, reading menus, and using a computer. It also included sentimental things like watching my guide dog play in the park, seeing friend’s faces, and looking at photographs. The list I could not write up was what I would learn along the way.

A  picture of me silhouetted  in front of a circular window with my large electronic glasses on

These glasses were a bit cumbersome, and may have provided a form of visual distraction for those around me.

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Seeing The World Through Electronic Eyes by Leona Emberson

If you had the opportunity to be 2 feet taller, change your foot size, or perhaps instantly loose 20 pounds, just for a few weeks, would you? Knowing it would all go back to normal?

What about something more significant like becoming bilingual, or gaining an instant athletic strength, or the ability to play a musical instrument. Remember, it’s just for a few weeks. Would you take it?

Now what if you could experience something life altering like walking out of your wheelchair, or hearing without your hearing aids, or seeing with clarity out of eyes labelled ‘blind’. Would you do it? Just for a few weeks? Continue reading

Asking for Help by Greg Simony

**Greg Simony is the Founder of Care2Tri; a USA based non-for-profit that assists children and adults with CP participate in triathlon by using adaptive equipment to race with**

Is asking for help something that is difficult for you? Do you feel that by asking others for things, it makes you weak?

This is something I have struggled with for years. I was taught, “If you want something done; just do it yourself”. As I grew into adulthood, I learned that this motto probably is the best way to live, as many people talk a good game, yet when it comes down to it they don’t back up what they say they’re going to do. It really didn’t make sense to me because when people asked me to do something, I was always there for them. I held this motto and believed it to be the absolute truth. I was right 100% of the time. Continue reading

Finding Balance by Leona Emberson

Leona (on right) and her sighted guide (on left) racing to the finish line of a triathlon

Paratriathlete Leona Emberson (on right) discusses her journey in finding balance.

There are times in life when everyone needs a helping hand with one thing or another. When you have a disability, these times come more often, and the type of help needed can often be of a more personal nature. As children, it takes us longer to gain each step towards independence. We had to fight to overcome many obstacles and challenges to gain independence. Often we are told we cannot do it, or will never achieve independence.

From a young age I gained a reputation for being “stubbornly independent” I knew I could do it if I just tried hard enough, long enough. Even if it took me 10 times longer, I would do it. I felt I had to prove myself. I wanted to be like everyone else, so if my brother and friends could do it, I was determined I would do it too.  This resulted in a lot of frustration, some bruises and cuts, but most importantly this attitude gained me a sense of accomplishment. All of the small successes as a child gave me the confidence and determination to become an independent accomplished adult. Continue reading