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new cane user

hey everybody! its jillian. so i literlly just started cane lessons last week and my teacher ordered me my own. holding the cane and learning to use it for the first time ever was at first intimitading, but as my teacher and i went up and down the halls with it slowly i got used to it kinda with it just being me and her. it was nice cuz it took the fear away of that i was gonna hit something, but what im nervous about is using it in public. because (all of this is at school, my teacher comes and we practice in one of the empty halls) but when the bell wrang and people saw me with it, they of course moved but the look on there faces was discouriging. so ive only had one lesson but im nervous about using in public. any advice?
Jillian

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Hey, jillian! don't be nervous because i am a cane user as well and i have ben using one for practically my whole life and i feel uncomfortable using in public places i am trying to using it more but i jus don't if i will!
maybe you should try it and yes it does feel wierd believe me i know what your talking about don't worry you will get use to it. hope this helps.


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Dear Jillian,
Being legally blind is definitely difficult but I know using the cane in public is the equivalent to wearing a sign that says "hello look at me I am different!" I have been using my cane in school for a while now. My friends know it is really good for me and they like the fact that they don't have to watch out for me and I can be independent. Some kids in school make comments, but I always know those are the kids who arent worth anything. It is important to remember through all of your expiriences that your cane is your best friend in helping you to be your own person and be independent and confident, but it is also just a stick. If you are unsure about using it-I challenge you to use it all of the time for one week. I garuntee within the first two days that everything will be just the way it was B.C. before cane :) I wish you luck, it is not easy to use the cane but I am positive that you will love it!
Your Friend
Rebecca


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I mean I no how to use a cane and all, but I think sometimes kids think it is a fighting weapan


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thanks rebecca!! and haha i like your challenge, i dont need it in school becuase i know my way around school, but whenever we go to stores and stuff, i willl start using it more and most defidently in new york, and when i get back from new york, that week i have like three different things at sam houston state university getting ready for next year and i will use it then. :) thanks for the encouragemnet and i will try to embrace it more :)
jillian


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Good morning!

It is tough when first starting to use the cane and to adjust to using around a lot of people. High school or middle school can be a tough place to be using a cane. Truly, it is a part of the adjustment process for a visually impaired person.

I can tell you that I remember when I first started to use my cane and I began using at certain times, then to all of the time because a couple times I scared myself (while not using it).

The more comfortable you become with it and the better the user, then less likely anyone will say anything. If you talk to people when they see a really great cane user, they will most likely barely notice it and just be amazed. The cane is a tool that is meant to help travel safely and efficiently through environments.

In NYC, the seas of people part and it is quite amazing. You just have to be confident stay on a steady path. People move for you... I have given many friends tours around NYC because I grew up outside of it. I was up there for Christmas one year and my buddy who also is an O&M instructor was with me. His wife and him followed me and were amazed how we could get through huge crowds. NYC is a great place to travel with a cane!

The cane should help you on your new college experience or adventure. I wish you luck! I was an O&M Instructor in NJ, a few years back. I also taught O&M around Florida State University as well.

Using a cane can be a thing of beauty! It just takes practice and time to become comfortable using it. I now feel strange when I do not have my cane in my hand. I never leave home without it in my hand. Good luck!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB CareerConnect Staff


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Good Morning Joe! Well, anyway I think it is a good thing you like to give advice as well as be a good admen.


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Hey,
Good luck in the city!


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hey thanks everybody!
jillian


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I would rather have a guide dog. Canes are tough. They break too much.


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wow! I know i hate usingmy cane sometimes but i kno i have to use it and i am trying to implament it in public places more even though i should do it already..
Jillian goo luck with your cane using and i wish you well.


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Jillian, I hope you get good enough with your cane to get a dog!


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Have any of you heard of the new canes that have gps systems? Wouldn't that be cool?


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wow.


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I want one. But I want a guide dog way more!


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