The latest episode in our Resilience Unravelled series has now been released, Resilience Unravelled – Living life boldly.
In this episode, Dr. Russell Thackeray talks to Amber Kierra who lives in San Francisco. Amber is an adversity coach and speaker who uses her sight loss story and skills to transform leaders into bold world changers and help people align their vision with reality.
Amber is legally blind having lost 90% of her eyesight when she was growing up. The sight loss started when she was around two years old. Amber has a twin brother and her parents started noticing that they responded to some visual concepts differently. After a number of tests, doctors diagnosed her with a degenerative condition Retinitis Pigmentosa. This affects people differently but with Amber it meant her eyesight decreased outside going in. Amber has no peripheral vision and only a small percentage of central or tunnel vision.
As she grew up Amber noticed the difference in her sight from year-to-year. She found this very challenging. As well as dealing with these changes, she still had to learn everything else. Amber’s parents worked full-time but were committed to making sure she became successful and independent. Many times it would have been easier and quicker for them to do things for her. However they knew she needed to use her other senses and work out how to do things. Her parents expected her to put the effort in so she could adapt and get the outcome she wanted.
Amber went to high school and university. Having studied with her brother when she was younger she initially found the process away from her brother difficult. In fact it initially took her 4/5 times longer to do her homework! When she was at college, Amber felt she was missing out on being part of a team. Most sports are fairly visual and not particularly adaptable for people with sight loss. Amber considered the options available and became a member of the college power lifting team. She then competed in two national and one world competition. Power lifting gave her the perfect opportunity to be part of a team but also compete and push herself to overcome limiting beliefs. Amber has also set up a charity, Canes for Christ, which aims to provide blind children and adults with blindness skills training, canes, and other tools, so they can live with confidence.
Amber feels resiliency is her superpower and that having those specific experiences early in her life taught her to thrive in the midst of adversity. These skills are what she now brings to her coaching.
If you would like to find out more about Amber then you can visit her website or send her a voice message via Facebook or Instagram. If you are interested in one-to-one coaching then Amber is offering a complementary 30-minute connection for anyone who would like to discuss this further at:
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