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02/08/05

Ocean Springs Woman Shares Secrets Of Living Life Blind

For the last 27 years, Janet Randall has relied on touch, sound, and basic organization to see her way around her home.

"This is my instant rice," Randall says as she shakes a box.

It's all because of an accident in an incubator 47 years ago.

"Toward the end of the 50s and the beginning of the 60s, they didn't know that if you put a baby in there with high concentrations of pure oxygen without shielding their eyes, you would ruin their retinas," Randall says.

To Randall, blindness means living in the dark not being able to see the beautiful things of this world.

"I miss color. I have a son who is 22 and I've never seen him face to face,"Randall says.

But she says not being able to see has also been a blessing.

"You remember where you walked, the sounds you hear, how it felt. You get to know people for who they are instead of what they look like. So sometimes there's an advantage."

But Randall says she's human and sometimes tries to imagine what people look like. She even described how she pictured me in her mind.

"I want to say you kind of have blondish hair, I pictured you as being blond. Maybe light colored eyes. Definitely the kind of person that looks you straight in the face when they're talking to you. You always seem to have a smile on your face."

Sounds pretty accurate.

But Randall says most of things she does is based on guessing, sometimes memorizing, and laughing when things don't work out.

"You've got to have a sense of humor. If you don't you become bitter, you would be upset. Most of the time it's just funny."

Although being blind may mean Randall has to invest more time to accomplish simple tasks, she says no need feeling sorry. Nothing is out of her reach.

"Most things I want to do, I can do."

By Jaimee Goad

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