She has graciously written her story to help parents understand.
Please read on..........................
Hi my name is Tricia. I was born with (L) coloboma of the iris,(R) colobma
of the choroid and retina and (R) internal strabismus. My vision in my left
eye unaided is 1/18 and in my right 6/60.
I'm writing this in order to give a little hope to all those mums who have
had children with microphthalmos, colobomas or any other eye condition that
impacts on their sight I don't know many people(adults) with the same
condition, so I only assume that there would be various degrees of
colobomas and I can only try to explain how life has been for me.
I have grown up in a very caring and loving family. My parents have always
encouraged me to do things that a fully sighted child would do . Though
they have supplied the protected environment for me. They let me ride a
bike, but only in our backyard.They have never held me back or kept me from
trying something.They didn't treat me any differently or single me out.
They of course knew that I had limitations but wanted me to find them for
The Op doctor that I had when I was a child, had suggested to my mother
that she send me to a special school. My mum said she was going to see how
I went in a private Catholic school. The doctor thought that would be fine,
his main concern was that If I was sent to a Public school that I would get
lost in the system and left behind. My parents tried me at the private
school and I did fine there . The staff were very caring and
understanding.Up until high school I would sit on the platform to take down
my notes from the blackboard.Then once I started high school my doctor
showed me a mini scope that had just been made available. From then on I
was able to sit at a desk and take down my notes .I completed the higher
school certificate with enlarged exam papers and extra exam time. I then
went on to do an accounting course and my Diploma in financial planning. I
have a full time job, happily married with two healthy children. I guess
what I'm trying to say is that the best gift is one of encouragement and
Yes I can remember being teased a fair bit as a child.Children are so very
honest and at the same time very hurtful. My parents would always assure me
that it was OK to be different and that no one is exactly the same. They
would tell me how much they love me and explain that I was different
because God made me that way and that made me very special.
I hope I have given some words of encouragement and show how I have
learned to make the most of what I do have and not dwell on what I haven't
You can contact Triciaby e-mail.
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