I am a naturally shy person but having Tom in my life has changed that. I am in the spotlight when I'm with Tom whether I like it or not! He attracts attention wherever he goes and people are just so interested in him.
I often have people ask me questions or share stories about blind people they know. I have grown into my role as assistant to a small ambassador for the blind community. I no longer shrink from the stares and whispers like I used to. I think the kindness we have experienced has helped me a lot.
I like the way people treat Tom when he has his cane. I can tell they are impressed that someone so young is learning to make his way in the world. I can honestly say that going from "invisible" blind child to a "visible" blind child with a cane has been a better, but you will have to wait a couple years to hear Tom's take on the subject.