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Book Clubs: More than Just a New Book to Read

September 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

It’s More than a Book Several vision loss support groups in the Chicago area also host Talking Book Clubs. Many occur at local libraries and are led by professional leaders. The only difference is that the participants generally are all reading audio books through the NLS Talking Book program. Recently, I had a conversation with […] Read More »

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What Can a Support Group Do for You?

July 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Kathy Austin: An Interview with Lisa, Second Sense support group member

Support groups, no matter what the nature of issue, serve many purposes.  It is a chance to learn, to adjust and to heal.  Lisa is one of those people who reached out and experienced the benefits of what a support group has to offer.  Recently we sat down with Lisa to talk about her experiences […] Read More »

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Breaking Free from the Flock: When Is It Time to Stop Going to the Support Group?

May 31, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, OMS

Feeling the Safety in Numbers There is safety in numbers and comfort in being one of a crowd.  But, sometimes it is necessary to see if you can stand alone.  It means facing fears of failure and putting to the test everything you have learned up to that point. Blind service agencies and support groups […] Read More »

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Love, Belonging, and Commitment: Not Just for Your Valentine

February 3, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, OMS

I have a small confession.  Valentine’s Day has been a favorite holiday of mine since grade school. Once January hits, I am already planning a party that somehow never gets thrown.  Wrapped up amongst thoughts of pink-iced heart-shaped sugar cookies with cinnamon heart candies on them is an appreciation for the less silly and more […] Read More »

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Relax, Take it Easy

July 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Relaxing is easier said than done. When life is stressful and challenges daunting, we need to take some time to relax and regain some energy to keep going. Stress is your body’s normal reaction to any demand for change.  How you handle stress varies from person to person.  Here are five reasons why you should […] Read More »

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Have Intentional Discussions with Your Loved Ones

April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

If you’re anything like me, your thoughts and energies are directed toward lists and responsibilities. When your activity level goes up, so can your stress level. The close relationships we have go more smoothly when expectations and intentions are clear.  But they often aren’t clear, and misunderstanding, frustration and impatience ensues. Bringing some intention to discussions can […] Read More »

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Join the Family and Friends Exchange!

January 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

We’re All In This Together Remember when our parents would say something like, “This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you,” right before imposing something on us that we clearly didn’t want?  They knew that we were going to be unhappy, and it hurt them when we were unhappy because […] Read More »

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Masks and Mayhem

October 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment

by Fred Nickl, Sr., Guest Blogger at Second Sense

Forming the Shape I had the good fortune to be in Second Sense’s Masks and Mayhem workshop. The word Mayhem in the title is what really caught my attention.  That’s all it took to get me to sign up for the workshop. The workshop was led by Jeff Semmerling from Semmerling and Schaefer Mask Artists Studioand helped […] Read More »

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The Independence Balancing Act

September 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

I Can Do It Myself! Independence is a goal that motivates us throughout our lives.  A forceful “I can do it myself” is a solid part of a toddler’s vocabulary. At the same time, children will easily and without drama, ask an older sibling or a parent to reach that bag of cookies that is […] Read More »

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