“See me as me. Forget my eyes. Forget my ears. Just for one moment, please, see me as me.” – Kate Morell
Meet the courageous Kate Morell, a talented graphic designer and mother-of-two with Usher Syndrome – the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness affecting over 400,000 people globally.
“I was diagnosed with deafness when I was two and Retinitis Pigmentosa, which causes gradual sight loss, when I was 15. It was then when I was told about Usher Syndrome that I should expect to lose my sight by the time I was 40. I’m 45 now and not at that stage yet, so winning!”
As I lose my sight, travelling from light to dark, I’m still finding this journey is harder than I ever thought. I’ve experienced many breakdowns, but I finally feel that I am beginning to walk the right path.
Thinking about how cool would it be to experience a lifetime of sunsets, Kate started a project called ‘Sunsets for Kate’, where she invites people from all around the world to share their most inspiring and precious sunset moments.
Kate’s ambition is to publish the books her younger self wanted to write, where she hopes to use her life experiences, the lessons she’s learnt, together with the inspirational creations on ‘Sunsets for Kate’ to inspire and comfort others.
To take part, upload your most inspiring or memorable sunset to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @sunsetsforkate and #sunsetsforkate. Be sure to a sentence about who you are/what you do, where and when the image was taken and why you wanted to capture that particular moment.
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