042: Dealing with a Sighted Unsupporter in Your Life

[Podcast] Dealing with the Sighted Unsupporter In Your Life - Episode 42

We often talk about the sighted supporters in our lives. Whether they are parents, spouses or close friends, it is so helpful to have people who walk alongside of us during our journey. But, what happens when those people become unsupportive or even downright negative towards you? While there is no quick fix, in this episode we'll discuss what it might be like to deal with someone like that and ways to get through it. PLUS a great question about upgrading to a new iPhone and a question about things to come on the podcast in 2018!

Question of the Week

Question: Is there a big difference in going from an iPhone 6 up to a 7 or 8?

Answer: Put simply, no. There isn't a huge difference. There are a few key differences:

  • The iPhone 6s and up have 3D Touch
  • The iPhone 7 and up have different home buttons
  • The iPhone 7 and up have stereo speakers
  • The iPhone 8 has wireless charging

None of those are massive differences when it comes to using the phone. The software experience is the same. Using VoiceOver is nearly identical except for any hardware changes, like the difference in home buttons. So, if you are thinking of upgrading, you should have no problems going from one to the other!

I Need Some Support

I talk often about the sighted supporters in my life, especially my wife. She is encouraging and helpful in so many ways. In fact, I can't think of anyone in my life who isn't. But, I have met people before who were dumbfounded on how I could keep living life as a VIP. And, maybe those people are family members of yours. If so, that can be difficult. So, I thought I'd take a few minutes to discuss it.

First, I wanted to share a few things from their perspective that they might be facing as a result of you losing your sight.

  1. Fear
  2. Misinformed
  3. Acceptance
  4. Denial

Now, there isn't any secret formula that you can use to make everything better. But, here are some things to keep in mind when dealing with these situations:

  1. Be Consistent
  2. Be Kind
  3. Be Compassionate
  4. Be Courageous

PLEASE take time to listen to the entire episode as I dive deeper into each topic and give some context to them all!


If you are interested in reaching Sarah with questions about your specific situation, you can visit her on the web by visiting her website or finding her on Facebook and Twitter.

Updates to the Podcast

With the close of 2017, everyone is thinking of how they are going to improve themselves in the upcoming year. For me, I am planning on trying to change things a little on the podcast to improve what we are doing. So, I'd love to hear from you on what you would like to hear on the show in the upcoming year. Topic ideas? Questions? Ideas for certain sections? If you have something you'd like, let me know! I can't guarantee I'll be able to fulfill everything, but I want to provide the best show I can!

Word of the Week


The meaning for our word this week is “bear all or part of the weight of; hold up.” When it comes to being supported, I think this is a great example. I get the picture of pillars supporting a roof. They are bearing the weight and holding it up. For us as VIPs, we need that support many times as we walk through certain parts of our journey. But, let us also not forget to be a support to those around us as well. Even though we cannot see as well as we used to, we can still “hold up” those around us in many ways. One great way to battle the unsupportive person in our lives is to be as supportive as we can to everyone else.

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