Laura’s story of austism and aniridia

I’m Laura, I’m 26 and was born with aniridia.

My eyes get very sore, especially during the summer; I wear dark glasses and these help with the sensitivity. I take two types of eye-drops daily to keep my eye pressures in check. Later, in time, I will go blind. This fact affects me some days more than others, but I must take each day as it comes and enjoy what I can see today.

I also have autism. Having this condition affects a lot of things in my life. Meeting new people, communicating and socialising can be difficult for me, I also, at times struggle with being in a big crowd and loud noise. The severity of my conditions differs from day to day, and I must live one day at a time.

Having these conditions makes life hard for me, but there is always a way around it, it can be frustrating, but I always try and remain as positive as possible.

Five years ago, I joined a football team for people with varied disabilities. Since joining this team, my confidence has been built tremendously, because these individuals understand me and I feel that I can communicate and socialise better in their company. Before joining football, I didn’t talk to anybody; now, I have more confidence, and I even helped to coach the team (we were branded the ‘Dream Team’).

I never thought it would be possible to do something like that, but since the coaching experience, it has given me the confidence to take part in a fundraiser for a charity called Limbpower. In October, 2016, I will be attempting to run 68.4 miles in 3 days.

I hope that my story will inspire people facing tough challenges in life to fight on and to remain positive. Believe that anything is possible.

About Aniridia Network

A charity support group for people with the genetic visual impairment aniridia and their families in the UK and Ireland. Our vision is that people with/associated with aniridia are hopeful, confident, supported and well informed regarding aniridia. Founded in 2000. First registered as a charity in 2011 and fully in 2018.
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2 Responses to Laura’s story of austism and aniridia

  1. Danielle Pagan says:

    Hey love ..!.! Just want to say may the lord continue to bless u ..!! My son also was born with anaridia ..! He is 3 years old now , he’s had 4 surgeries since he was born and he is an amazing child .. I’m so interested in ur story and better yet very proud of how far u have came with this condition .. I hear u mite think at one point in ur life u mite stay blind .. Well don’t believe that .. As long as u keep with ur treatments and taking care of ur condition u should be just fine .. Stay with faith .. God won’t give u nothing u can’t handle ..!! And ur doing just great ..! Please feel free to contact me anytime ..!! Do u have any social media we can stay in contact that will be great too ..!! God bless u sweets ..!! My name is Danielle ..

    • Laura cartmill says:

      Thank u for the message it’s really appreciated I have Facebook my name is Laura cartmill thank u again 👍

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