Michael's story

Cape Bretoner seizes opportunity to help others with vision loss

Michael Carter on his boat Michael Carter is looking forward to another summer on the lake – either Lake Joe in the Muskoka region of Ontario or the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton.

The 28-year-old from St. Peter’s, Cape Breton, enjoys spending time with his father at the cabin and boating on the Bras D’Or Lakes.

But after his experience in the Envision Program last summer at CNIB’s Lake Joseph Centre, he is eager to go back – this time, as a summer camp counsellor.

“Over the last few years doctors were trying to find out what was wrong with my eyes,” says Michael. “I can see larger things, but I have trouble reading.”

Michael recently learned that his vision loss is a symptom of Charcott-Marie-Tooth disease – a neurological disorder that affects a person’s motor and sensory nerves.

“School was a struggle for me as I didn’t have a lot of visual aid,” says Michael. “It wasn’t easy, but I’m proud that I finished highschool.”

Michael was the first Atlantic Canadian to participate in this program – an intensive, one-week camp, where he had access to all CNIB services.

“Lake Joe gave me the opportunity to help others and see how they are affected by vision loss,” says Michael. “Through this experience, I’ve learned a lot about myself.”

Michael finds it challenging to rely on others to take him places.

“I would love to live independently someday if I could, someplace where I could be close to public transit and travel on my own,” says Michael. “I know CNIB will be there for me along the way.”


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