Karen has multiple sclerosis (MS) and was registered blind many years ago. She got in touch with the Sight Loss Counselling team to talk about her feelings.
She felt low, frustrated, isolated and lacked confidence when she first spoke to a counsellor.
Although Karen had asked for help in the past, she had problems with getting adequate support for her needs and even had some negative responses.
Karen had eight sessions with a counsellor and at the end of the sessions, Karen felt her confidence had grown and was feeling more positive.
"At first I wasn't too sure of talking about my feelings, but from the first session I was put at ease and I found it really helpful.
It was good to be able to talk to someone outside my family who understands losing your sight, but also took everything else that was going on in my life into account.
He (the counsellor) understood and believed me when I told him how I was struggling and I learnt to take things one day at a time. Having emotional support has helped me enormously, I was really struggling before.
I now go to MS Society meetings every month and that really helps me. I go to a computer class as well. It's really difficult, but I have to keep trying.
I am more confident and I know I can get help if I need it in the future. I would recommend this kind of help to anyone who is losing their sight."