About DeafBlind Potter
In the depths of my challenges, I discovered an unwavering resolve to overcome adversity and find joy amidst the suffering. It is this mission that has shaped my journey and led me to a life filled with hope and the strength to persevere through daily struggles.
When faced with the news of Usher Syndrome type 2 at the age of 13, I embarked on a quest to redefine my path. Pottery became my sanctuary, offering solace and an outlet for self-expression. At just 16, I began shaping clay, molding it with determination and finding comfort in the transformative power of creation.
But life had more tests in store for me. At 19, I confronted the harsh reality of becoming legally blind. The world around me blurred, leaving me in darkness. In the face of this immense challenge, I clung to my love for pottery, drawing strength from the process of shaping the clay, even as my own life felt uncertain and out of focus.
At 20, I faced a series of unimaginable trials, being struck by a car not once, but three times. The emotional wounds ran deep, threatening to break my spirit. Yet, within the depths of this suffering, I discovered a profound truth—I found joy even in the midst of my pain.
Embracing the lessons learned from my hardships, I sought help and healing at the Helen Keller School. Surrounded by a community of support, I learned to create pottery, harnessing the power of art to transcend limitations and forge a new path forward.
In the depths of my journey, a vision emerged—a vision to create a blind cane that would illuminate the path for others facing similar challenges. With the See Me Cane, I aspired to offer hope, independence, and safety to those navigating the world with vision impairments.
When COVID-19 emerged, the investors withdrew their support for the See Me Cane, leaving me with no resources to continue its development. Unfortunately, by June 2020, my vision had deteriorated to the point where I lost my visual clarity entirely. This significant loss hindered my ability to engineer and build the See Me Cane, forcing me to halt its progress. The convergence of these circumstances was undoubtedly disheartening and presented a substantial setback in my journey.
Yet, destiny has a way of surprising us. In December 2020, a friend shared my story on social media, and a wave of support and inspiration washed over me. People from all corners of the world were captivated by my journey, recognizing the resilience and passion infused in my pottery.
Through the success of the DeafBlind Potter brand, I discovered a newfound purpose. Every purchase of my pottery now contributes to the realization of my vision—the creation of more See Me Canes, ensuring that light and safety can be accessed by all who need them.
Today, the DeafBlind Potter stands as a testament to my unwavering mission. It is a symbol of hope, inclusivity, and empowerment. Through the transformative power of pottery, I have found strength, perseverance, and the ability to overcome any challenge that comes my way.
Together, let us embark on this remarkable journey, celebrating the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for growth that arises from adversity. By supporting the DeafBlind Potter, you are not only acquiring a piece of art but contributing to the creation of more See Me Canes—illuminating lives, fostering independence, and offering hope to all who walk the path of resilience.