I'm a VI cricketer from Gloucestershire, I write about the funny side of lving with sight loss. Also a huge Man U fan.
My name is Marc and I am a 30 year old visually impaired man from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire UK. I am the founder of the Gloucestershire Growlers VI Cricket Club, we are Gloucestershire entrants in the South and West Blind cricket league. I have been sight impaired for over ten years but try to live a full and productive life. Hopefully some of my stories will make you laugh out loud, if they do, then please share them with your friends. You are laughing with me, not at me.
I am a cane user, I have been now for just over seven years. I have been VI now for over 11 years and I have to say it really did change my life. You can check out my blog Moses of the High Street if you want to read my humorous take on life with a white cane. This blog however is focussing on the mental aspect of using a cane.
If you have read any of my writing before, you will know I am a joker, I make light of most things, but mental health is no laughing matter and I don't think it makes me a weak person to admit that I need the help, I think it makes me stronger and will hopefully stop it from happening again.
Last weekend I was walking along the road with my good pal Gribbo minding our own business when someone shouted, 'fair play lads'. I am unsure what this congratulation was for. We were both walking with our white canes flying all over the place, slowly meandering back towards the safety of my home.
It took me an awful long time to even consider picking up a white cane even though I knew it would help me. There was always that stigma of finally admitting yeah, you are blind. I didn't want to be that guy. So I continued to not use a cane and continued to bump into things and trip over what was left in the streets.
When I started writing my blog, I only did it so that I could fill the hours doing something worthwhile whilst getting to know my new computer. Seemed like a sensible thing to do, not only killing a bit of time but also getting some of the weird stories out of my mind.
The importance of local sight loss charities for me is not explainable in a short blog. It is something that if you have any degree of sight loss, you should access. Use the services and seek the advice. The staff at any of these organisations are there not just to help, but to care.
The simple fact is, any united fan born in the late eighties has known nothing but success for many years and it is tough to see this fall from grace. But United we stand, we have been through worse times before us 80's born were alive and we bounced back then, and we will bounce back this time. Bring on Celta Vigo and bring on the Europa League.
If I can offer a word of advice, don't ever do speed dating without research first. The bars can be dark, and there is a lot of movement. Not the good kind of movement either. Check to see if there are mirrors on the wall, as good looking as you may be, you aren't going to get anywhere by chatting up yourself in the mirror.
When you are casting your vote in the 2017 Theresa May love-fest, just think: is this really the way we want to go? What is best for our EU exit? It has to happen after all, so we really should be looking at what is best for our future post Brexit. This time, I think we should all pay real attention to what the parties are actually saying. Don't go with the majority, this could be the most important election for Britain in the modern era.
21/04/2017 13:12 BST
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