My name is Jake Coles, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 12 and lost all of my sight in a very short space of time. I was heartbroken, thinking that I might never do "normal" things or go outside on my own again.
I was recovering from a course of chemotherapy when I heard about RNIB. I was feeling very low, and my family was in shock, we didn’t know what we were going to do.
RNIB put us in touch with others who’d been through the same thing.
For my parents, it was talking to someone on the Helpline who understood what they were going through.
I'm 22 now, and doing things I never dreamed would be possible when I first lost my sight.
I heard about an adventure holiday, where I could spend a few days with other visually impaired young people and do activities such as abseiling and rock-climbing.
That was the moment I realised nothing is impossible.
Thanks to your support, RNIB have helped me with all the practical things I need to live my life to the full.
RNIB showed me how to use Bumpons (little stick-on dots) to help with things like cooking and put me in touch with someone who trained me to use a cane.
I’ve also learned how to use screen readers which make studying much easier.