New Job, New Challenges

Hello my faithful shifty-eyed friends!

You can’t imagine the past few months I’ve had! New job (actually, new career), wedding planning…. well ok, that’s about it. But it is all-consuming! A few things I have learned in my little blogging hiatus:

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1) You can have nystagmus AND have a job that requires regular contact with high-profile executives (CEO’s, CFO’s VP’s, etc).

I now work in the corporate office of a Fortune 500 company. Crazy, right?? And I didn’t get this job through any connection or as a favor for someone. I applied, interviewed, and got the job all on my own. I find that the more I attempt to do, the more I am able to accomplish. Just imagine all the awesome things I would miss out on if I let my nystagmus stop me.

Do people notice my eye movement? Absolutely. I can see that they do. But I try very hard to choose not to worry about it. I know for a fact that people who get to know me hardly notice it after a while. It hasn’t hindered me at all.

2) Wedding planning is proving to be a larger life challenge than my nystagmus.

No joke. What I had originally intended to be an intimate gathering of people I know and love has ballooned into a 255+ member event. And a giant dress. Which I love, but makes me break into hives when I think about how much money I spent on it.

Oh well. At the end of the day, I’m just happy to marry the person I love more than anything in the world, no matter how we get there.

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Well, that’s it for now! I will really make an effort to post more. On a lovey note, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support this little blog receives. Your comments always make my day, and I encourage you to keep talking to me and to each other.

xoxo

Jo

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4 thoughts on “New Job, New Challenges

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this blog. My husband and I came across it last November when we first saw “our future son” on a special needs list due to his nystagmus. We felt very confident after reading your blog and proceeded with his adoption. We’re quickly learning that nystagmus indeed is the least of his issues and are excited to experience with him just how “normal” his life will be.

    • Congrats on your new family! I’m so glad this blog was helpful to you in such a big decision in your life. I often say that nystagmus affects parents much more the children who live with the condition. It was really one of my goals to inform parents on what life with nystagmus is like, and to ease their minds. Honestly, you made my day with your comment, so thank YOU!

  2. Jo,

    You may wish to confirm the type of eye shifting that is occuring. Some people are hard wired to have both sides of the brain run almost simultaneously. These people can use both the right brain functions as well as the left brain functions. They can solve both the big picture issue as well as see all the minor details required at the same time. The indicator that this is occuring is the shifting of the eyes as the brain is switched from right to left side and back again. the percentage of people with this ability is less than .01%.

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