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Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

Cancer, Research, Decisions, and Attitude

Dear Friends of BlindAlive,

I do not like secrets and I have been quiet about this for longer than is comfortable for me.

As many of you who have heard my first podcast, recorded over a year ago,  know, I had breast cancer almost 8 years ago. At that time I chose to have both breast removed with reconstruction. Further treatment was not recommended. Tamoxifen was suggested but for me that felt wrong. I decided to treat myself in the ways that work best for me, and I do not regret that decision in any way.

For the past couple of years I have noticed a spot on my left breast. I have asked my doctors about it but they assured me that it was just scar tissue from the previous surgery. I rejoiced and let it go. But my body talks pretty loudly to me, and this spot began to nag at my brain. I tried to tell myself that I was just being paranoid. I managed to keep my fear under cover until a few weeks ago when I picked up the phone and called my plastic surgeon. He said I could have an ultrasound which turned out to be suspicious-looking. My surgeon, Beth Dupree, in whom I have complete trust, said, “Let’s get it out.” Three weeks ago I had surgery to remove a small tumor. It was malignant.

Now, I am faced with navigating my way through many choices. Over the next few weeks I will be interviewing oncologists and alternative professionals in order to create a plan of action that feels most powerful to me. I am gathering as much information from all angles because I will live better if I create my own treatment plan with the support from a variety of methodologies. Knowledge is power so I am spending my days researching, listening, meditating, and coming to peace.

BlindAlive is my baby and I am proud of what I have created. My plan is to keep it going strong and growing with the help of my team. I may continue to share my journey if it will be helpful, but honestly, I don’t know yet what I will do. I feel better having this out in the open. I ask only one thing; please enjoy your broccoli whether you like it or not. Smile.

Good health to you,
Mel

 

 

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