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Posted On: 15th Aug 2016

See Beyond Disability

Fern is hoping her film will encourage other people going through challenges
Fern was registered blind at the age of 23

A blind woman is encouraging others ‘to take a positive view’ and overcome any problems life throws up.

 

Fern Lulham, from Hastings, East Sussex, says: ‘It was inspiring and empowering for me to realise that, even when you lose your sight, the way you see the world is still entirely up to you.

 

‘You can choose to take a positive view or a negative one - and that makes all the difference.’

 

Fern was born with aniridia, a condition which affects the eye’s irises, and was later registered blind at the age of 23.

 

She says: ‘One day I would be able to look at my phone screen and read Facebook messages and texts and see them fine, and another day I just literally wouldn’t be able to read.

 

‘That was a really scary thing – I worried that I wouldn’t be able to read texts any more, which would have a huge impact on my life, because so much of our communication relies on reading texts.’

 

Fern has had several operations to repair her sight, which still fluctuates on a day-to-day basis.

 

She says: ‘It’s like looking through cling film – if you keep it spread out you can see through it whereas mine is kind of crinkled up, so a tiny little change in the surface of my eye can completely change whether I can read and how I see things.

 

‘Sometimes I get scared and think that I won’t be able to do the things that my friends could do, but then I remind myself that there is always a way.’

 

 

With Fixers, Fern has made a film to get her message across.

 

Go to the top of the page to watch.

 

Fern, who is an administrator, says: ‘My eyes have been opened to the fact that the only person who can truly make my life everything I want it to be and more is myself – and again, that is something we all have in common.

 

‘It’s important to remember that the way we see the world very often has nothing to do with our eyesight – that is the message behind my film.’

 

‘While everyone has challenges in life unique to them, this is a message which I believe we can all share, relate to and benefit from, regardless of our individual circumstances.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Molly Kersey

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