Raymond Bradley, now aged 31, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young teenager.
“One morning, I woke up and everything was completely black. After several operations, I was told that I would lose my eyesight as I had developed diabetic retinopathy: a complication of my diabetes. I felt overwhelmed and disoriented. A friend gave me the number for RNIB. I rang the Helpline and within 24 hours I got a call back from someone who gave me a wealth of information about how RNIB could help me.
I was referred to RNIB’s Counselling Service. It was such a relief to be able to talk about what I was going through and get advice on everyday living.
Honestly, I believe that RNIB has given me my life back. I can’t fault the invaluable support they have provided. Living with Sight Loss and technology help have given me so much practical assistance.
I learned how to use a screen reader and I’m now able to do my own online banking again; I can send texts and emails; I can do online shopping. I feel like I’ve got my independence back. With RNIB, I’m not alone. I feel cared about and I feel like myself again.”