“My Supports.”

My husband is one of my biggest supporters. He has supported whatever project I embarked on. He shares my joys, my sorrows, my achievements and is a great friend and love.

My son is my life. He supports me in everything that I set out to do. He is really supportive of my going back to school and is ready to help with any technological road blocks that I encounter along the way. He is a college Junior at a university in Ohio and always makes the time to call and see how I am doing and if I made the deadline for my assignments. (I am the president of procrastinators according to him!).

My parents are always available and always have great advice for me. I am so thankful for them as they modelled the best way to work through problems for us.

My five sisters are a great blessing to me. Three of them live in Nairobi Kenya, one lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa and one lives in Cincinnati Ohio, U.S. They are the greatest support system that one can have. They are funny, crazy and we are all very close. When my son visits Kenya, they take over and I never have to worry about him. We all update each other on WhatsApp daily and this keeps all of us updated on the current status of each one. It helps me emotionally to be at peace and not worry about them. My sister in Ohio was a great support when my son was born. She happened to be the only relative I had in the U.S. and she came over and spent a week with my husband and I and that really helped me.

My Kenyan friends in Virginia are also a great support system. We help each other and make sure to keep in touch on a regular basis. Initially it helps me avoid feeling homesick but now they are my “family” that I can count on to be there for me.

My colleagues at work are great. I can always count on them for advice and vice versa. My Director is the most considerate person.  She always makes sure that I have enough time with my family when I travel to Kenya. She always gives me an extra week!

I am grateful for all the support that I have. I don’t know what I would have done without my supports. All I know is that I would not be in this peaceful state of mind that I find myself in. They are all very important to me.

My Imaginary challenge

I chose to be deaf and blind. I always have to reach out and feel the space around me to get information regarding my surroundings. I guess that is why vision and hearing are also called our distance senses.  My house is arranged so that I can access everything easily. I have a braille computer and books. I also have a support service person that helps guide through the day. She directs me to my office, bathroom and meetings. Without her I would not be able to do my shopping and cooking and socializing. She is a great support for me. I also have a guide dog which stays with me and lifts my spirits with her unconditional love. She helps me to have confidence and security and also reduces my stress.

Without my support service person, my braille books, computer and my beloved guide dog, I would not be able to function in the world outside my house or in my house.


2 thoughts on ““My Supports.”

  1. Mary Preville says:

    Enjoy your post. Like me my husband, children and sibliings especially my sisters are my greatest supports and we also stay in touch in our group on Whatapp I appreaciate the challenge you chose. Made me think how persons with disabilities depend on supports to get them going daily.



  2. jackie Wyncoll says:

    Fidelis, you are blessed to have such a supportive family. Although I am often given a “guilt trip” by my parents for living so far away from them in their old age, I know they would do anything to support me in a time of need.


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