Headshot of Liz Oleska

I was sighted my entire life, until at the age of 27, I lost all of my eyesight from diabetic retinopathy. I was a single mom, working to support my family, and now I lost my site in a matter of three months, lost my job and could not see to do anything. I felt like my life is over and that my only option was giving up. I could not have been more wrong. This is not the end of my life, but rather the beginning to an incredible new journey! I was given the gift of my seeing eye Guide dog, Bryce, only one and a half years after losing my site. He changed my life so much. He gave me the self-confidence I needed to achieve my dreams, the pride to be able to finally walk into a room with my head held high, and the independence to travel and go anywhere my heart desired. I have come to realize that my purpose in life is to help others who struggle on a daily basis, and to help them see for themselves that you can achieve anything you put your mind to, no matter what obstacles or disabilities light in the way! I am now a full-time college student, continuing my education and pursuing my dreams, I am and inSIGHTful speaker that helps others except themselves and others for their differences, improve self-esteem and approaching every day with a positive attitude, and I’m now the current president for my local chapter Council of the blind. But most of all, I am a successful, proud, Self-confident and independent mother to an amazing Young man, who supports me and my endeavors every day, loves and accepts me for who I am, and believes in me.

Check out this video to learn more about Liz’s story.

I have been a type one insulin-dependent diabetic since the age of six. This past December, I have been diagnosed with this condition for 25 years. Although this disease has taken my eyesight, it has not taken my dreams or my Life passions. I am a proud, single mom, and enjoy the gift of my son every day. Without his support, unconditional love and never-ending belief that I can get through this, I would not be where I am today.

How has blindness impacted your world?

Add your voice to #MyBlindStory. Send your entry to blog@blindnewworld.org or use our online form.