Have been having a hard time of things lately, unfortunately. I'm legally blind (was born with cataracts, and while I got them removed, they still took 90% of my sight), and suffer from micropthalmia, nystagmus, and glaucoma, which one day will likely take what little sight I have. This year I got a guide dog, and while he's been awesome, helping my independence and mobility, he's also quite expensive, and the combination of his and my medical costs has been really hard. As an Australian, I'm on the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), which sounded like it was going to be ideal, but unfortunately in practice has been really lacking. I was recently put "between plans" which means that I won't be receiving any assistance at all over the holidays. Its especially bad as everything is so expensive, from medical needs to technology (computer programmes for the blind are expensive as hell, we're not the biggest audience so they just charge heaps.) I actually started a fundraising campaign a few months back to try and help, but most of it has already gone on my costs. Just feels really bad, especially as I've always loved Xmas and helping others, and I just feel pathetic needing help myself. It would mean the world to me if anyone could assist, but at the same time, I can't wait until I'm no longer in a situation where I'm in need.
On a lighter note, Victory is a trooper, he's still in the holiday spirit: