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Hi, my name is Martina22!

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Martina22
Martina22 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
I am severely sight impaired, I lost my sight about three years ago in my early fifties and struggle with the mental challenges it has brought. I am generally positive but sometimes need a vit of support 

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  • paries1
    paries1 Community member Posts: 380 Pioneering
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    Martina22 said:
    I am severely sight impaired, I lost my sight about three years ago in my early fifties and struggle with the mental challenges it has brought. I am generally positive but sometimes need a vit of support 
    Really sorry to hear this Martina22 , have you got a good support network around you ? 
  • Martina22
    Martina22 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    yes I do, I have an amazing family who all help.  As my kids still live at home I was really focused on keeping things normal after my sight loss.  I returned to work and that really helps. My colleague s help a lot.   Sometimes, when a few things go wrong in a row I feel useless and it all overwhelms me.  Most of the time I am ok, it just sometimes builds up and my self confidence is gone. It’s something I find hard to talk to family about sometimes s. 
  • paries1
    paries1 Community member Posts: 380 Pioneering
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    Martina22 said:
    yes I do, I have an amazing family who all help.  As my kids still live at home I was really focused on keeping things normal after my sight loss.  I returned to work and that really helps. My colleague s help a lot.   Sometimes, when a few things go wrong in a row I feel useless and it all overwhelms me.  Most of the time I am ok, it just sometimes builds up and my self confidence is gone. It’s something I find hard to talk to family about sometimes s. 
    It can be really difficult to tell those closest to us of how difficult things can be sometimes, I understand this . 
    It’s brilliant that you went back to work and it helps. I think it’s completely understandable that you get overwhelmed sometimes . Have you ever thought about speaking to a counsellor ? It might help when things get a bit too much . 
  • Martina22
    Martina22 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Yes, I had counselling in the beginning but I am thinking of trying again now. Things have moved on and different things worry me so it ,might help.  I found before I didn’t really get many strategies to help but I might be in a better position to know what I am looking for now.. 
  • paries1
    paries1 Community member Posts: 380 Pioneering
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    Martina22 said:
    Yes, I had counselling in the beginning but I am thinking of trying again now. Things have moved on and different things worry me so it ,might help.  I found before I didn’t really get many strategies to help but I might be in a better position to know what I am looking for now.. 
    def give it another shot . It also depends on the therapist you get , I’ve had good ones, mediocre ones and an outright terrible one that made my MH worse . 

  • Martina22
    Martina22 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    I am not sure whether to go to RNIB  for specialised sight loss counselling or normal nhs  route as  obviously other things cause me stress other than just the sight loss . 
  • paries1
    paries1 Community member Posts: 380 Pioneering
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     a good therapist should be able to address various difficulties though , but again RNIB would be more specialised in the psychological difficulties that a person would suffer . 
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @Martina22

    Welcome to the community! :) How are you today?

    I see paries has given some great advice! I'm happy to hear you have support around you. I hope the community can be a place of support for you and where you can make friends. 
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  • Martina22
    Martina22 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Thanks I am good.  I am hoping to find some people to chat to. However much I am surrounded by people I can still feel isolated. I really hate being the one that needs help. It’s hard to accept . But I am sure others feel similar 
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Why not join us over in the Coffee Lounge? It's where we have debates, play games and get to know each other :) 
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