Meet Glenn C.

Glenn Coates standing on a dock by a lakeGlenn Coates, 58, has been wrestling with health problems for most of his life. A type 2 diabetic with a neuromuscular disease, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts, Glenn has learned to take his health problems day by day. It wasn’t until his conditions caused him to lose his sight that he sank into depression.

“I went through various stages of panic, I’ll tell you,” he says.  

Vision loss had forced him to give up driving and a career as an Anglican minister. Now he was having difficulties with even simple tasks like cooking dinner. Despite his young age, Coates made a reservation for himself at a local nursing home. 

“I was realizing that something was going to happen and I wouldn’t be able to look after myself.”    

But after being referred to CNIB by his physical rehab centre, Glenn began to get his confidence back – and realized that he could continue to live independently in his own home.  

CNIB offered him practical resources, like a state-of-the-art audio book player and other products for people with vision loss; as well as emotional support, including peer counselling and support groups. 

“CNIB peer groups saved me in both practical and emotional terms,” he says. “Without them, I don’t think I would have had skills or confidence to stay in my home.”