Who Am I?

Hi, my name is Marci, I currently have two of the senses. These are the sense of hearing and the sense of touch. My senses of taste, smell and sight didn’t all go at once. I lost my sense of smell and taste first after suffering from nasal polyps. This was over 40 years ago when I was around 22 years old. The lost wasn’t sudden, it came in waves until it was gone completely after I had the operation.

I then lost my sense of sight almost nine years ago. This was as a result of a brain tumour that developed that destroyed my optic nerves.

Presently I am 100% blind in both eyes and see total darkness and can not taste or smell anything unless the flavours or scents are extreme.

I believe I lost my sight a couple of days before the operation to remove the tumour but my memory around that time is sketchy. I am not sure if the sight was immediate but I know after waking up from the surgery I was blind.

Having to live without my sense of smell or taste was an adjustment. It happened at a young age and I somehow adapted to it. Adapting to life without my sight harder. When a person loses one sense the other senses are heightened. Members of the blind community rely heavily on their sense of smell, taste and hearing to assist with their life. Whether it be recognising smells of areas when travelling or recognising the tastes of different foods.

As I do not have access to these senses I have had to create my own way of independent living. This blog will provide an insight into my life and the lessons I have had to learn, and the new way of living with two senses.

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