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Me and My Eyes
Author Betty Murray was declared legally blind in 1988 and soon began using a cane. Betty has had two guide dogs since 2001. During that time she has had many problems with shop access, taxis, people wanting to pat the guide dog etc.
She has had many people stopping her and asking different questions about her blindness, how she deals with it now and how she’ll cope into the future.
Betty’s book motivation: I hope that my story will answer some of these questions and give able-bodied people a glimpse of what it is like to be disabled. And if my story helps just one person with sight or hearing difficulties or someone close to a person in that situation, then telling it will have been worthwhile.
Betty’s story: She was born in Gilgandra NSW in 1950. She was one of nine children. Betty has Retinitis Pigmentosa, as does four of her brothers and sisters, and she is partially deaf. Betty was declared legally blind in 1988 and soon began using a cane. Betty has had two guide dogs since 2001. In 2011 Betty decided to write this book, “Me and My Eyes”, about her life, the loss of her sight, and give answers to many of the questions that people have asked her over the years. In 2013 she wrote another book, “A Guide Dogs Life”, telling the story of a guide dog’s life from the dog’s perspective. In 2013 Betty was fitted with a Cochlear Implant to help with her hearing. Betty is married with two sons, one deceased, and eight grandchildren.