Cane on the Cruise: Step 1


I had to think long and hard about whether I wanted to bring my cane on the cruise. On one hand, I just wanted to have fun and not worry about all the looks or questions that I would get with my cane. But on the other hand, the cruise boat has a LOT of people on it and a lot of things that I could bump into or trip over. I am getting really anxious nowadays when I don’t have my cane because it is kind of like my right hand and I don’t have to worry as much about what I’m seeing or not seeing. So, ultimately, I decided to bring it.

Great decision!

First of all, getting onto the boat was as simple as ever. I got to surpass all the lines and therefore didn’t have to deal with people and suitcases everywhere. We got on the ship in time to go up to our room, put all of our stuff down, and look around before the boat left shore. It was really great getting on and off the boat, and then getting around because I just didn’t have to deal with all the people. They moved out of the way and were generally respectful. There was this one little kid, after we just came down from mini-golfing, that was like “MAMA! That’s an AWESOME golf club.. what kind of golf club is THAT?!” I could tell the Mom was kind of embarrassed and didn’t want to be rude so I told him that it was a cane to help me get around because I can’t see real well. He replied, “My mommy can’t really see well either!” She had glasses on. it was pretty cute!! 🙂

Getting around in crowded areas was great. I didn’t really bring it offshore because I was nervous that I would be a target, but on the boat it was super helpful. I think I’m starting to really see the benefits and not worry so much about the drags of using a cane.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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