I am excited to be a part of the SFM community. I am beginning my second month, and I have learned a lot about myself and about affiliate marketing. I have only begun to scratch the surface of this new endeavor that I have chosen to embark upon. Everybody has a story, and I would like to tell my story, Lori’s story.
I come from a family of seven children of which I am the youngest. I was three months premature and had to be in an incubator for three months which resulted in total blindness. I had a good childhood. I had loving parents and good relationships with my siblings. I attended a school for the blind and was there during the week and home on weekends. Because I was gone so much of the time, I lost contact with friends that I had made on my street and the family dynamic changed some. I changed as well. I am African-American and for the first four years of my life, was surrounded by African-American family friends and neighbors. When I went to the blind school, all of that changed. I was only one of a few students who were African-American. I made friends with black and white people alike, and began to learn about different cultures. I learned about different types of music, traditions, and family dynamics. When I returned home on weekends, my sisters and brothers found that I was different. I would turn on some country or rock music and say different slang words that they had never heard. Their reaction to my changes were that I was “turning white.” I cried when they told me this, because I was still the same person; my interactions were a bit different. During The remaining years at the blind school, I learned to assimilate my experiences into the person that I am today. I love my black culture and embrace it as a part of my heritage that will be with me always. I love that I have also embraced other cultures and have integrated some of these traits into my life.
I am no different than you whether you have a disability or not, whether you are African-American or not, whether you are young or older. There is so much that we can relate on despite our differences. I would like to share my life experiences with you and encourage you to do the same! I believe that we can learn a lot from each other and I look forward to the exchange of life stories.