An Interview with Jordan Mahony (Guest Blog Post #4)

Hi Everyone, I got the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Jordan. He has his own YouTube channel and website. Many thanks to Jordan for allowing me to interview him and for allowing him to interview me in return.  Do not forget to check out his channel and website. 🙂

What is your name?

Jordan Mahony.

Age?

I am 20 years old.

Who has inspired you the most in life and your blogging?

The very person who has always been in my head is Molly Burke.

She had a very graphic story and I thought she got her story out there and I thought to myself that I needed to do the same thing. So, people like me could have a voice and not be left in the dark any more about what they could or could not do. So, she inspired me to make my channel on YouTube which is action.

Besides writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to sit down and talk to my friends and also getting to know new people. I like to challenge myself to always do more for me.

Name a bad habit that you have?

A bad habit that I have is when I get excited and I shake my hands. It can also be a good thing or a bad thing.

Name your best quality?

My best quality is my ability to feel positive about myself. I do that in the case of other people because, to put it straight, I want to help them as best I can.

If you could interview anyone living or dead who would it be and why?

If I could interview anyone living or dead it would be miss Demi Lovato. I like her because she is my hero. I would like to meet her, as I like to say, she is my hero. It would fill me with pride if I did meet her one day. I went to a Demi Lovato concert in Dublin. I would interview her because she supports mental health and I like that.

What is your college major/Minor?

I majored in drama and acting. My minor was advocacy for visually impaired people.

What school (college or university) did you go to?

I go to Life Long Learning in Child Vision. I will continue to go there for 2 more years.

What is the title of your blog?

The title of my blog or website is www.jordantmahony.com Which is my way to help people and educate them about people like me.

When and why did you start your blog?

I set up my blog on Saturday the 16th of September 2018. As to why I set it up. I did it so I could have a voice to get my views and opinions across the map of the world. I wanted visually impaired people to come out of the shadows and talk to me about their concerns and problems.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years, I see a lot of things happening for myself. Like living on my own and in a physical relationship. Also, being at the top of my game. Making a long and hard career as a very famous and brilliant actor. Having a good life without looking back at the bad things.

Doing what I think is best for me and my future family.  Saying no to sighted people and that I will not be a defenseless little child. Being a full- time certified councilor for those that need my help. Finally, to be recognized for my gifts and not my visual impairment and to have a world where my fellow visually impaired brothers and sisters can be for once in their life’s happy and free.

What is the name/cause of your visual impairment (or other disability that you may have)?

I have a condition called Bardet Biedl syndrome. Which affects the kidneys, sight and your liver. Since I have a fatty liver I cannot give or donate blood. I use a white cane, since my sight is greatly affected. One day I will go blind. I also have a small amount of autism, which is not a problem. However, there will be decisions in life that I will have to make sooner or later.

How does your visual impairment or other disability that you may have effect you on a daily basis?

Well, I have to use a long cane; or as I call her, Demi who I have with me every day. If I do not have her, I will not get far. I like that I have a cane, (and) I am okay with that. It is not easy, but I get through it because I want to live my life to the fullest. My impairment does not define me as a person. I have a message in my head, and that message is I am sorry that I am visually impaired, but I am not sorry that I cannot see. I took that message from Demi Lovato’s song Sorry not sorry. Trust me when I say that every day is a challenge, but it just makes you stronger. That is part of my daily life.

What gets on my nerves is sighted people, and how they treat you like you are a mutant. I do not like that. Which is why I will not be controlled by a sighted person, ever.

What do other people feel about your visual impairment (or other disability that you may have)?

My mom and family are okay with it.  But my auntie Annmarie is the best. She does not treat me differently. As far as she is concerned I cannot see a lot and she does not care about that. All she cares about is me and my well-being.

If you had to give one piece of advice to others about having a visual impairment (or other disability that you may have) what would it be?

Live your life the way you want to and ignore the people who think that they get you. If we are being honest, if there are people who control your life well they need to leave because it is not for them to say oh we control you; instead that is not the way it works.

You are the person in control and I think people with a disability need to know that.

Where can other people find you on Social media (Please list and provide links)

I am on YouTube as Jordan Mahony.

I have my own website as well.

I am on Twitter. Type in Jordan Mahony and you will find me.

My website is at:  www.jordantmahony.com My username is pyro 2028.

 

An Interview with Glen Well Eye Never (Guest Blog Post #3)

Hi Everyone, I got the pleasure of interviewing my friend Glen. He is the fantastic blogger and YouTuber who runs Well Eye Never. Many thanks to Glen for allowing me to interview him and for allowing him to interview me in return. Don’t forget to check out his website 🙂

  1. What is your name?
    Glen Turner
  2. Age?
    In a few days time I’ll be 35 years old.
  3. Who has inspired you the most in life and your blogging?
    My parents also have sight loss like myself, and have always encouraged and supported me to achieve whatever I want to do. At the school for the visually impaired I went to, the teachers there were also very supportive and really helped me to grow in confidence. My friends also mean a lot to me and inspire me, of course. And the blogging community has been so welcoming and supportive of my efforts since I started doing this. It’s great to see that so many people want to work together with others, and aren’t just in it for themselves.
  4. Besides writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
    I like going out and about a lot, to see theatre shows and museum exhibitions, take part in quiz and game nights, go for walks and socialise with my friends. While at home I enjoy listening to a lot of music, podcasts and audiobooks, and watching TV and films.
  5. Name a bad habit that you have?
    Not exercising as much as I should. Walking’s great and important in itself, and I eat well, so I’m not particularly unhealthy. But I would like to get fitter, and I could do with something like a gym buddy to give me the help and motivation to do that.
  6. Name your best quality?
    I’m friendly and kind, I like to help others, and I have a positive attitude to life. There can of course be occasional frustrations because of my disability, but I very rarely get angry or really upset about things, because I don’t like feeling negative.
  7. If you could interview anyone living or dead who would it be and why?
    I could pick loads. But from the music world it would have to be Freddie Mercury, because I’m a huge fan of Queen and Freddie was an amazing man, taken from us far too early. I could talk to him forever about the songs he wrote and performed with the band and in his solo career, and about his early life in Zanzibar and India. He had a great personality and sense of humour, so he wouldn’t be boring. And from TV, I’d love to interview David Jason about his life and work, as I love his comedy shows in particular, especially Only Fools And Horses. He’s such a genuine, down to earth, clever, funny gentleman, so it would be absolutely fascinating to chat to him.
  8. What is your college major/Minor?
    At college I got A-Levels in Maths, Information Technology (i.e. computers) and Economics.
  9. What school (college or university) did you go to?
    I went to the University of Exeter after leaving college, where I got a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Accounting & Finance.
  10. What is the title of your blog?
    My blog’s called Well Eye Never. It took me a while to think of a name that felt unique, and I wasn’t sure if it would work to begin with. But it’s actually caught on really well and people seem to like the play on words. So I’m very happy with it and have no intention of changing it.
  11. When and why did you start your blog?
    I’d never really used social media much in the past. But when I was preparing to move to London, I started exploring online to see the best accounts I could follow for news and events, and useful ways to make connections with other visually impaired people. That was when I was discovered the disabled blogging community, and the more I explored, the more tempted I was to get involved. So eventually I did, and I’m very glad I did. I’m really enjoying raising awareness of my visual impairment, discussing disability in general, sharing the adventures I have in London, and talking about other stuff that I enjoy, because people have responded so well to it.
  12. Where do you see yourself in five years?
    I’ll be 40 then, wow. I’ll still be in London, still exploring the city and still enjoying myself. I have no plans to leave the city, I love it here, as there’s always so much to see and do. Hopefully I’ll be settled down with a partner by then as well. It’s possible I might look for a new job in that time too, but I’m not sure yet.
  13. What is the name/cause of your visual impairment?
    I have Aniridia, which means I don’t have an iris (the coloured circle around the pupil) in my eye. The iris is a muscle that controls the size of the pupil, to regulate the amount of light coming into your eye. So without it, I cannot easily adjust to changes in light. I do adjust a little bit, but it’s not very much and it happens very slowly. So I’m very sensitive to glare when I go out, even if it’s not sunny, and I find it harder to see in the dark. I also have Nystagmus, which means my eyes shake and wobble involuntarily all the time. So I can’t focus on things that are small or at a distance – they have to be large or close-up instead.
  14. How does your visual impairment affect you on a daily basis?
    I have to wear green tinted sunglasses when I’m out in the daytime, even if it’s not sunny, because they help to reduce the glare a lot. And when I use my computer or iPhone, I invert the colours to have the screen in negative mode. That way, the background is black, so there’s no glare, and the white text on top stands out very clearly Also, when I’m outdoors I can’t see signs, street names, train departure boards, museum object labels, what’s happening on the stage in the theatre, etc. But I get around that by using a small telescope called a monocular, and at the theatre and museums I can get audio description and touch tours too. It can also be hard to find and navigate unfamiliar places, but apps like Citymapper and Google Maps really help there, while other apps like Seeing AI can help me to read things if need be. Technology has really helped me to be more independent, it’s amazing.
  15. What do other people feel about your visual impairment?
    Members of the public often don’t notice it, because I don’t use a cane or a guide dog, as I feel I can see well enough not to need them. But people are generally happy to help if I need to ask them for it. My work colleagues were a bit unsure about how to interact with me when we first met, and were worried about saying anything that might offend me, as they weren’t used to having a visually impaired person around. And they weren’t sure how much I would be able to do in terms of the work. But very quickly, as I settled in and they got to know my personality and capabilities, they realized I was basically just like them and they didn’t need to worry, so they relaxed around me very quickly.
  16. If you had to give one piece of advice to others about having a visual impairment (or other disability that you may have) what would it be?

Don’t assume you can’t do things, because you’re capable of far more than you realise. You can do almost anything that anyone else can, with a bit of help if need be from technology or other people. So don’t be afraid to try new things, take up opportunities and pursue your dreams. It’s entirely possible to live a successful and happy life with sight loss.

Where can other people find you on Social media? (Please list and provide links)

Blog – https://welleyenever.com/

YouTube – https://youtube.com/c/WellEyeNever

Twitter – https://twitter.com/well_eye_never

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/welleyenever/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/welleyenever/