“Love knows no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps over obstacles penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” 

Maya Angelou

This site contains my poems, blogs and reflections that have come from my wilderness experience of having cancer and being blind.  The wilderness is a very isolating and lonely place, with many hardships  and sometimes seemingly insurmountable difficulties to face.  It is a place of suffering and this site reflects the many struggles that any of us can undergo in our differing wilderness experiences.  Despite the pains and the darkness of the wilderness and desert places, the stars can still be seen, and even deserts can bloom, so along the way, there will be gems to be found.  I have chosen to use the Cross as a symbol also, because I have discovered that for me, the way through suffering was and is to be found in the Cross  Although that is a Christian symbol, the wilderness or desert experience can come to any of us, no matter what faith we hold, or even if we hold none.  So I hope that as Maya Angelou says, there will be no barriers, and that all of us, through our sharing, can find our way through, appreciating the gems that we find on the way whilst not denying the suffering that we go through.  May we all learn to look to the stars, and see how brightly they shine out in the darkness, and take heart and courage.


99 thoughts on “HOME

  1. Hi Lorraine. Thank you for creating this wonderful platform and sharing your inspiring story here. When I read this article, something inside me shifted and I since haven’t stopped thinking about how strong you are for using your knowledge and experiences to empower others. I keep revisiting your website to draw strength and courage from your inspiring stories. Thank you. God bless

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  2. blindzanygirl

    Oh Matilde. Thankyou SO much. You brought a tear to my eye. I was not around when you posted this, but I just found it, and it made me SO happy to think that my writing had inspired you so much. Thankyou a million times for telling me this. I truly wish you well in your own struggles. Please keep reading. I will visit your Blig later today. I know I have read some of your things but I will read some more. You have made me so happy, and now, at a very low pount, I realise that my Blog is truly worthile. God bless you. Atilde. Xx

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  3. blindzanygirl

    Oh Caitlynne. Bless you. Thankyou so much. The streams have a,ready started. I wish the exact same for you. May you have a Blessed Easter.

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  4. Hi Lorraine,
    This is a very beautiful and inspiring posting. I’ve been browsing around your site. I hope all is well with you. I didn’t know the depths of all your struggles. Sometimes we think we have things difficult but then you read someone’s else story and you realize that everyone has a struggle and you learn to accept and embrace your own struggles and difficulties. I also found it hard to believe that you’re actually blind, yet you’re so active on WordPress. I don’t know the extent of your blindness… If you’re able to see photographs posted on wordpress, or how you’re able to read posts. Anyway, keep writing and sharing your beautiful soul.

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  5. blindzanygirl

    Hi PurpleStar. Lovely to hear from you 😊. Thankyou for your lovely comments. I only began to go blind in 2016. I am still getting used to being blind. It has happened gradually. I use various applications on my iPad to enable me to both read posts and to write posts. I am still learning how to use them and sometimes it goes a bit wrong. I have dictation software on my iPad whereby I speak the words into a microphone and it writes them for me just as it is doing now in this reply to you. Sometimes however it writes words wrong way and doesn’t make complete sense or it can write totally the wrong word and it sounds very rude and insulting to the person reading. It can actually be quite funny as well. Hopefully there are not too many mistakes in what I write. For awhile I was able to type on my iPad and I still can just a little bit but it is getting so much harder now that I don’t tend to do it so often But when I do I make quite a lot of typing errors so if ever you see a lot of errors you will know that I have typed it myself LOL. I have something called voice-over that reads posts to me but it is quite hard to use it because even though it tells me where buttons are to click on for instance where it says reply As I cannot actually see the screen I don’t know where it is telling me the button is So it is actually quite hard but I do manage to get through somehow. I am very determined not to let the blindness cause issues in my life but as you will have seen I am also in a wheelchair. I also have no feeling in my hands and feet so where as a blind person would normally use feeling things to find them I cannot do that. I do cope although I have gone through a lot of grief over all of this. But I am determined not to let it beat me. I hope this answers your questions little bit.

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  6. blindzanygirl

    Aww bless you Di. That is so kind of you. Wow! Do I have to nominate others now? What do I have to do.


  7. Lorraine, a beautiful and inspiring introduction to your blog … I’m moved by your courage, warmth and seeking attitude to life. Your last sentences are wonderfully uplifting!

    “May we all learn to look to the stars, and see how brightly they shine out in the darkness, and take heart and courage.”

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  8. Just read your HOME post! You are on an amazing journey, to be sure ! Sorry to learn of your misfortune, but inspired by your views on life . I aspire to the teachings of Maya Angelo, as well. She was incredibly wise and insightful. Your
    words are also motivating and inspiring! There seems to be a rhyme and reason ….for everything. We aren’t always privileged…. to know the reasons why…. but I am happy to have read your post, today! Thank you for sharing.! 💙

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  9. blindzanygirl

    Thankyou SO much Patty. Sorry to be so late in replying but my mom dued just before Christmas. Well, November actually, so I have not been really in gear. Vthankyou SO much for this lovely comnent though x


  10. blindzanygirl

    Oh how wonderful a comment. Thankyou SO much. Thankyou for telling me about your soh. I went blind in 2016 following cancer treatment.n so I an just getting used to being blind. 😊 hugs back and God bless ❤️

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  11. Hello Lorraine,
    I had a few minutes between work projects and decided to see if you already answered my question about being blind – and here it is, so now I know. I’ve not been through this challenge but sense there is one very bright gal behind those glasses. I hope to share some writing ideas back and forth.

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  12. blindzanygirl

    Wow. That would be wonderful Gary. I see you said “blessings.” Does that denotca religious faith of some kind, or is it simply something real nice that you say? I look forward to interacting with you. Oh and I am rowdy too, lol, and a bit naughty at times! I have problems in reading other people’s blogs because of the blindness, but I usually work them out given a bit of time. I will explore yours a bit more tomorrow. Great stuff. So glad to meet you

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