Courageous mum on video as eyesight fades
A CALOUNDRA family has remained positive despite their mum and wife developing a rare condition that is quite quickly sending her blind.
Tracey Plant initially ignored the niggling black spots in her sight, thinking they were caused by the stress of a busy home life and running a business, but it turned out her optic nerve was dying and there was no known treatment.
"It was a shock, not something we'd expect to happen," her son Daniel, 17, said. "You hear about these things, but you don't expect it to happen to your family."
Some 20 months later, Mrs Plant has just 10% remaining vision.
But she, her husband Dennis, daughter Chloe, 16, and Daniel have vowed to stay upbeat.
"Basically since the day my eyesight went, nothing has changed. We've got on with life, we're very positive," Tracey said.
Daniel has filmed, edited and produced a five-minute short film about his mother's journey, which has been entered in the national Focus on Ability 2013 short film competition.
The competition aims to raise awareness of the abilities of people with a disability. It offers prizes worth $50,000.
"Mum was really positive, so we didn't feel negative about it as a family,'' Daniel said. "It was like, 'mum has got this, we have got to be positive'. Some things you just can't change in life.
"It's been great making the film.
"My relationship with my mum got stronger making the film and everyone now has a better understanding of my mum's situation."
Daniel shared the film on Facebook and received some 150 "likes" within an hour.
To view Daniel and Tracey's video, visit: www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/I_have_a_vision_230.html