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    03-27-2012, 10:37 PM

Tomorrow is my 16th birthday and I can't even look forward to it..

I know that's pretty dramatic, and let me tell you, I'm not one to be dramatic, but I need to vent. I've always looked forward to driving. All my friends went or are going straight to the DMV to get their permits on their 16th bday. Except for me. I have low vision and am legally blind. I can still see perfectly fine like anyone else, just I have to see up closer. That makes it really difficult for me to drive. Although I have ridden horses all my life, and even event them with no problem, my visual acuity limits me to not being able to drive in my state because of the law. It really sucks. I don't want to accept it because I think of all the things I won't be able to do. I'll never be able to drive my trailer, I'll never be able to go anywhere without my parents or someone taking me, and what about a job?! How am I going to be able to drive myself to work? It's just really upsetting that I can't do these things. Everyone takes it for granted that they can drive. They act like it's their right. Especially my friends. They find it hard to understand my situation. I can't really relate to anyone about it. If anyone actually reads this whole thing, thank you so much. I just hope someday I can get my license.
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    03-27-2012, 11:14 PM
That's so sad. I'm sorry! I have horrible vision and I wouldn't dare drive without my contact/glasses because I can't see my fingers clearly when they are my arm's length away.

Do you have glasses or contacts? If so, does it make your vision better? How horrible!

Is there anyway for you to get some type of surgery to make your eyesight better?

*hugs* and Happy Early Birthday. (For what it's worth...)
    03-28-2012, 01:10 AM
Green Broke
That's very interesting...I have horrific eye sight, and could get in serious trouble if I was caught without my contacts...heck what's a cop going to do?! Poke me in the eye to see if they are in?!
My friend is basically blind in her left eye, so her liscense says she has to have two left door mirrors O.o

Like CL said, is there any form of surgery to correct this?
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    03-28-2012, 01:25 AM
I am sorry that you don't get that carefree joy of getting your liscence tomorrow. That is a huge bummer. However, small as it is, may I wish you a lovely birthday tomorrow, with friends and family who love you the way you are. May you see something really, really beautiful tomorrow and may you feel joy at being 16, a perfect image of God, and alive!
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    03-28-2012, 10:14 AM
Green Broke
Just chiming in on the Happy Birthday.
    03-28-2012, 10:35 AM
Sorry Mood, but driving is a privilege not a right, and if your vision is so terrible that it can't be corrected by surgery or corrective lenses, your state's doing a good thing by keeping legally blind people off the roads.

I'm sorry you can't get your license right now, but hopefully some day your vision can be corrected to where you can.
    03-28-2012, 04:01 PM
Thank you to whom are showing sympathy and wishing me a happy birthday! :)

CLaPorte - No, sadly, I can wear glasses/contacts, but they don't help my vision enough to even want to wear them! And unfortunately at this time there is no corrective surgery to replace the retina... lol

Tinyliny - Thank you so much for reminding me of God... seriously! I don't want to make this all preachy, but that was really nice of you. One of my absolute favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

It is all in His plans. :)
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    03-28-2012, 04:06 PM
Jeremiah 29:11 indeed! And never say never ... technology is getting better and better .. You may have perfect eyesight someday!

And somewhere there is a 16 year old whose only wish is that she had legs ... so she could ride a horse ... be so thankful!

Go ride on your birthday and know that you are living MILLIONS of little girls' dreams just owning a horse...

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    03-28-2012, 04:08 PM
Thanks texas <3
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    03-28-2012, 05:43 PM
Eh. Driving is overrated. I am 46 and if I can find someone ANYONE to drive instead of me, I am happy to be the passenger.

Have you thought about a small engine moped? I realize you are in Pennsylvania and they get some awful cold winters, but if the laws are relaxed for mopeds, it will give you spring/summer/fall freedom. You can't tow a trailer, but it would give you the ability to meet friends for lunches and to go to the shopping center without having to walk or beg a ride from the parental figures.

Plus, they are cheaper to insure and cheaper to operate.

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