[nfbmi-talk] Newbie...

Mary Ann Rojek brightsmile1953 at comcast.net
Sun Oct 25 20:13:47 CDT 2009

Hi Ray,

Thank you for sharing so much with the list.  I too agree that you will get 
a lot of support from it.

I've been blind since infancy and reading Braille since around age five.

I have an MSW and have been a psychotherapist for more than 20 years and am 
now working in quality management.

Although our state convention starts on November 6th, the bulk of activities 
are on the 7th and 8th.

I think your desire to learn Braille now is a great idea.  Another good web 
site to go to is www.braille.org.

Your questions aren't dumb.  Feel free to keep asking.  I'm using a screen 
reader called window-eyes to respond to your email

I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.  If you get back to Michigan 
in time, please consider coming to convention.  .
 Attendees always learn a lot and the environment is warm, positive and very 

Mary Ann Rojek----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Raymond Juliano" <rayj1941 at gmail.com>
To: "NFB of Michigan List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 6:47 PM
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Newbie...

> Hi Terri,
> Thank you for replying.  We live in Curtis, MI which is in the U.P..  We 
> are
> about 25 miles west of Newberry which is where I work.  I've ordered a
> couple of publications re. Braille from the NFB, and the president of your
> state NFB e-mailed me with some phone numbers to call re. learning 
> Braille.
> I have not had a chance to call them yet, but I am planning on doing so 
> this
> week.
> I feel a little funny about doing this now since I still have good vision 
> in
> my right eye, but that could be subject to change.  I just don't want to
> wait until the last minute to do this, and your president thought it was a
> good idea.  I do have some slight peripheral neuropathy of my hands, and
> more so of my feet, and I play the guitar so I am trying to keep the
> fingertips of my left hand toughened up for playing, but the fingertips of
> my right hand are sensitive to touch.  I got the Braille Alphabet card 
> from
> our library, and I was wondering how difficult it was going to be to get
> adept with Braille?
> I am legally blind in my left eye, and I just can't imagine being totally
> blind.  I am still working full time at our little critical access 
> hospital
> in Newberry as the sole nurse anesthetist, and I also am a hypnotherapist
> which I do part time out of my home.  I plan on retiring from anesthesia 
> in
> less than two years and then doing hypnosis full time and sending my wife 
> to
> nursing school.  I will have been doing anesthesia for 44 years, so I hope
> to have some retirement years to enjoy with or without my sight.
> I would like to attend your up-coming state convention, but I am going to 
> be
> at a week long hypnosis seminar in TN the first week of November so I am 
> not
> sure if I would be able to make it this year...if not then I will plan on 
> it
> for next year.  Your president thought it would be a good idea to attend 
> it
> also.
> Please tell me a little about your lives and how you were able to reply to
> my e-mail if you don't mind.  I will most likely have a lot of dumb
> questions to ask, so if you think I am overstepping bounds, please don't
> hesitate to tell me.
> Thanks again for writing and take care of each other.
> Sincerely,
> Ray Juliano
> On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 4:49 PM, trising <trising at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> Welcome to our list. I am Terri. My husband and I are totally blind from
>> birth and in our thirties. We live independently in an apartment. I would 
>> be
>> glad to help you with Braille if you live anywhere near us. We are in Ann
>> Arbor.
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