November 17, 2012
My name is Paula St. Myer; I am the mother of Juan Paniagua "JP"......he is 13 years old and blind since he was 3; when we were in the hospital someone told us about the Miami Lighthouse and to be honest I was a little bit hesitant to go there, however we went and once we got there it was like seeing light after a lot of darkness.....my son was still a baby and we didn't really know what was going on, it is very scary, specially for you as a parent not knowing what to tell your kid or how to react to some questions like "why I can't see?" "Am I different?" and things like that. The first thing we learned was that he is not different form any other person, that being blind is not an illness and that we had to accept it and learn to live with it....they taught him how to diferentiate textures and he got his first braille words. Everybody at the Lighthouse was super nice, professional and eager to help us. It is a great team, a wonderful group of people doing an excepcional job with babies, kids, teens and adults; they treat all of us with respect and love, it is a biggggggg family!! I only have wonderful memories for me and speacilly for my son at the Lighthouse throughtout these years, can't be grateful enough for all they've done for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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