Hello everyone my name is Shianne Claire Durdin
I was born on the 8th August 2009. Some say that is a lucky day. I know it is a lucky day for me because I have the best parents ever.
For those of you who are working that out, that makes me 3 years old at the moment, so my Mum (Colleen) is writing this for me.
Growing up has been a challenge for me as I have an inherited form of blindness called ‘ Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis’. Things were very cruisy when I was a baby, I didn’t have too much to do but now things are very challenging. I was a late starter at walking because I was frightened of falling over and bumping into things but now my balance is much better. I have learnt to know my surroundings by echo’s and familiar sounds, I know my mum still watches me, I can feel her eyes on me. It must be hard for my mum worrying that I will hurt myself but in time she will let go.
I have done so much in my short three years and my family have been there alongside me supporting me every step of the way. As I am getting older the expectations are increasing as well. I have been given a stick which I am supposed to learn how to navigate with, every week I have Guide Dog trainers who visit and make me do all sorts of activities. I have coped just fine so far so I don’t understand why I need a stick.