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Michiko Osaka: Another Update, January 2008.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, January 26, 2008

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A woman injured in a tornado five years ago has come a long way.

January 26, 2008~

Dear Journal~

This is my first time at trying this, so please bear with me.

My name is Michiko Osaka. I was injured in a tornado about five years ago; because of it, my life as I once knew it was forever changed.

For one thing, I'm blind. I now have a cane and a service dog to help me get around easier, I have books on tape, and I've since learned how to read/write in Braille. It isn't easy; however, I have learned to adjust to my visual handicaps.

I had glass fly into my eyes; my corneas were cut; this was why I lost my sight. It was very painful; I shall never forget it as long as I live.

I also broke my leg in the tornado; had to wear a cage on my leg until it healed. Took over eight weeks; I never was so glad to get that thing off my leg!  When I finally did, I cried with happiness!  :)

I think I have a very good life, all things considering. I am now working at a place that employs people with handicaps; I am a receptionist, and I love my job very much. I work Monday-Friday, six to eight hours each day, and I've done so well I've gotten a raise from my boss!

I am so proud of myself! :)

When I got that thing, that external fixator, off my leg, I could walk again (once I had therapy). Granted, for a while, I wasn't fast, but then it didn't help that I was now blind. That really slowed me down to a turtle's pace; yet once I learned how to use my cane and got my seeing eye dog ("Bruno"), there was no holding me back; I'm now quite fast; I can get anywhere I need to go with relatively few problems.

As you can see from my name, I am Japanese. I was born in Japan, but came to America when I was a child. I still speak Japanese, have since learned English; am very fluent in both.

I have three sisters (Hiroku, Aama, and Kyoko) and two brothers (Kazuhiko and Kenji); I am the oldest; the others are younger than me. Like me, they all came to America as children; we all still live in the Nashville, Tennessee, metro area; most live ten minutes away, so I can see them on a very regular basis (you know what I mean! LOL).

Well, I will go now; "Bruno", my seeing eye dog, is barking again, to let me know someone's at the door. I will have to call him, so he can take me to the door, so I can answer it. Hopefully it will be the pizza I ordered for lunch; didn't feel much like cooking! LOL

Take care!

~Michiko Osaka. :)

P.S.: About the writing: my computer is in Braille, and it translates it to regular writing, so sighted people can see what I am trying to say. A rather neat concept, I must say!! :)

~"Michi" :)


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Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/27/2008
What a warm and interesting story line, you always fill your writings with so much heart your character become almost real...
love, Carole~
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/27/2008
Michi, irasshai!!!
We wish hear more from you, how things go and how Bruno guides you.
I have very fond memories of Japan, Moji Ku, Okinawa, Kobe, Sakai, and many others places where we saw the Raising Sun kissing the waters on the carps pond...

Reviewed by Charlie 1/26/2008
I did not know that there were braille typewriters-- don't know why that never occured to me. Thanks. --Charlie
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 1/26/2008
Your stories Sis....they give everyday people hope. That's very important so regardless of whatever obstaces try to trip up your creative heart, take that "tornado spirit" and blow the negativity away. You are a kind soul, a global ambassador here in the A.D. and so many people just love you for that. . . . me included dear Sister. God bless you! This is a beautiful story and I just HAD to comment on this one. (Can't comment on all 3,030 and counting!) SMILE!

(((HUGS-O-PLENTY))) The sky is just the beginning of your unlimitedness as a writer.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/26/2008
I love the way you let us learn through your stories, this was a wonderful write...
God Bless
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 1/26/2008
another great story to help keep us down to earth on how great we have it, hugs&love
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/26/2008
Karen you amaze me with the way you make your characters come to life! I can see Michi,and her charming smile, and like her already, that is due to your ability to portray her in such a fashion! Kudo's!

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 1/26/2008
Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by my site to read my poem this morning. I'm only dropping by for now because things are very busy with me.

I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful job you did on your story. I am nearly blind in one eye and I've thought numerous times how I would manage if I became blind. You story tells a wonderful story of bravery and fortitude of someone who shows us the way to deal with even the worst kinds of problems.

You're still packing the punch where its needed to get important messages across to your readers about disabilities. Thanks for your dedication and valuable work.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/26/2008
Thank you for giving voice to Michi's solitary and painful thoughts... I am sure, with her inbuilt resiliance and energy, she will soon be as fluent and eloquent with her braille as she is with her walking pace with Bruno! A sad but uplifting story of how life can turn on a dime but still be redeemed and reconstructed to an absolute best. Michi is another amazing person you bring to life for us here, Karen. I shall look forward to reading more. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/26/2008

Precious update from Michiko Osaka; she is determined to live with her disability and not be lived by it. :) Domo arigato, very well written. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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