The feeling of loneliness and isolation has been one of the most prominent when my experience with disability is concerned.

When I was younger, I felt like I was the only one experiencing sight loss, I felt like I didn’t have a place in environments where no one seemed to understand my condition or how it affected my life.

I’ve learned that this feeling is quite natural and normal for those living with a disability and it seems that in the last couple of years, more disabled people have joined forces in order to signify to others that coming to terms with disability doesn’t have to be a lonely process.

As I became more involved in the online world and created my own blog , something clicked, I realised how many people are in the same or similar situation to myself and I learned how invaluable it can be to talk to those people, share experiences and learn from what they’ve got to say.

I am all too familiar with letting my vision impairment determine the way I might be feeling, I used to feel broken, I was omitted from doing certain things because some people didn’t want to be associated with someone who couldn’t see and this kind of treatment made me feel different and lonely.

Little did I know that there was no reason as to why I should feel this way because there are people out there who are willing to look past my disability, there are fellow disabled people as well as charities and organisations who want to help.

Even if you feel like the world is against you and that you’re the only one feeling or experiencing what you’re going through, you’re not, take it from someone who knows.

Feeling or have felt angry, in grief, lonely or frustrated? Me too, and so many more people, I can assure you of that.

No one can promise that things will get better but, with time, you will get stronger. At times, your mind might try to convince you otherwise but you will get through whatever battle you might be facing. You will come out on the other side and use what you’ve learned along the way to move forward, find positivity and help others who might feel the way you once did.

At one point, a part of me didn’t believe it would be possible but I no longer feel alone and one of the things which has benefited me the most is talking to others in a similar situation, never underestimate its impact or value.

I can’t stress this enough so I’ll say it again, from one disabled person to another, you are not alone: