For a number of years I have been putting off cane training. I had developed a system to navigate that during the time I felt was acceptable. In hindsight all I had really done is stopped going out on my own. I had restricted my travel to assure I was always accompanied by someone else.
I had decided a month or so ago to start the training but I was waiting for my request to be processed. Finally last week I met for my first lesson with the cane. Mobility previously caused a large amount of anxiety, while I was able to navigate in known areas I was still incredibly anxious and navigating around in unknown areas was incredibly difficult.
Beginning to use the cane I instantly dropped this anxiety as know I was sure I wasn’t going to walk into anything. I was now able to walk around at a consistent pace at ease. I had been resilient of the cane as I would lose my anonymity and I would instantly be identified as blind. However while utilising the cane this thought never once entered my mind instead I was focussed on the instant difference it was making.
I am continuing my lessons with the cane and will chronicle my progress as I go. Its week or so till my next lesson however as the intructor is on her holidays.