in the winter of 1996 I left macon and finished high school, at Tattnnal County High school, and I graduated on June 1, 1996.
in November of 1996, I began to have more bouts of depression so I went to see a councilor, and was enrolled into Tattnnal Day Treatment under Pineland Mental Health. How ever, Years later, in 1999, things changed under managed care instead of day treatment it became peer support and adult day support.
in early 2003 I was sexually abused at what was known in 2002 as New Beginnings Adult Mental Health Day Services I was admitted to Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. where I stayed for 4 days.
after I was released I was fine.I came back home,I attended group.
Things were going great until about the middle of 2004 went I had another breakdown and was placed in Georgia Regional, this time for 4 more days. when I cam back home, everything was great again, I started advocating for other consumers, preparing groups, leaqding groups, until about the middle of 2007 when I was again, placed in Georgia Regional, this time for 2 days, when I got out, everything was fine, I was able to attend PSR or psycho social rehab. at New Beginnings Adult Mental Health Day Services. My breakdowns went on like this until 2009, when I went to Georgia Regional for the last and final time. the physician on call had told me, "We have been looking at some papers, that we have here at Georgia Regional on file, you have been here 5 times." "5 times "I said," one of the doctors at Georgia Regional in 2008 actually told me, "You are seeking attention rather than giving," it, and smearing faeces and urinating in the floor, is not the way to give attention, that's what babies do."
but today I have come a long way sence 1991, and I tell you all of that, to let you know, that as a totally blind person with a physical illness as well as a mental illness can as philipians 4:13 says, I can do all things through Christ whitch strengthenith me.
I write my story today, to tell you, that I am now, a member of the Georgia mental health consumer network, the disability alliance council, the Reidsville, lions club, the mens ministry director of Hope Baptist Church, the assistant Music director of Hope Baptist Church, a member of the community advisory disability council or (CAC). the blind lions of Georgia, or BVL(. that is a group of totally blind lions club members in the state of Georgia, who have gotten together, and started an organization of there own. I attend council advocacy meetings and the upcoming Georgia winter institute, whitch will be held in Columbus, Georgia. I recently completed this just past summer a training called my voice my participation, my board, I will soon in 2015 be attending an advanced training.
all of this and I am a totally blind mental health consumer.
my favorite verse from the bible is Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brotheren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God whitch is your reasonable source.
What is one of the most important things you have learned as a person with no vision? How has it helped?
well I would have to say that one of the most important things that I have learned as a person with no vision would have to be the computer because it took me exactly five and a half years to learn it. and It's helped a great deal because now I can send my own emails, go on facebook, twitter, skype, read word documents, read PDF documents, copy and paste files, send files from one computer to another by using Drop Box, and spell check word documents. I can even play music. and post pictures either on facebook or either save them on a flash drive. had I not taken that computer course at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon, GA with Mike Sharpe, I don't know just what I would've done. I guess I would have to say, that I never would've had the computer skills that I have today.
Thank you! Mr. Sharpe!
By Volly L Nelson