Meet Tink - from Florida, USA. Tink wears the VICTRESS® - Long May She Reign Tee worn by strong women around the world. Link in Bio.
Tink is a mother, a runner, a banker and she also happens to be blind. Blindness doesn’t always involve a cane or a dog, or wearing glasses. Not all disabilities are visible. Blindness is being brave, bold and definitely beautiful. This is Tink’s story. @blindgirlfit
V: Tell us about your blindness.
T: At the age of 29, I was diagnosed with ocular histoplasmosis. Swipe photo to see the impact on my vision. I have ongoing treatments to stabilize my vision, and I’m hopeful that it will not deteriorate further, but it is a possibility.
V: What sort of equality issues have you faced?
T: Initially I hid my vision loss. I was (and still am) mostly able to "pass" as sighted while using hidden assistance. I was afraid to use a cane, sighted guide, or screen magnification, as I was concerned about being viewed as "less capable". I realised that this stigma exists because of the presentation of sight loss in popular culture and in some ways, real life.
Since I don’t look like a "stereotypical" blind person, I don't face the traditional forms of inequality. In fact I experience the opposite. I constantly have my visual impairment questioned and I’m accused of "faking it" or treated like I should not be using assistance or holding community with other disabled people. There have been times that I have believed this about myself. This is why it’s critical that I keep challenging the presentation of disability in general, and specifically sight loss.
V: Who or what empowers you?
T: Other women. I am so touched by the stories of other strong women. I love a fierce lady squad! My most empowering moment was running the New York City Marathon. It was the first time I had hired a coach, followed my training plan, and completely committed to my goal. Finishing a World Class marathon, a HARD one, with significant vision loss, and knowing that I worked for a strong finish was incredible! I have never felt more empowered!