Eye Drop 2021: Jesse Miller is Rappelling on July 9 to Give Back
Tags: Employee Stories, VisionCorps
Jesse Miller lost his vision after having a medical emergency in 2018. He suffered a stroke in his eye, resulting in him losing his vision and becoming legally blind. He had previously lost sight in his other eye.
It was a tough time, made even harder by the fact that he had no time to prepare for losing his sight.
“Everything changes. It takes some time to get started with accepting it,” says Jesse, who lives in Millersville with his family, his fiancé, Stacy, and his four daughters, Aimsley, Kristin, Bethanie, and Jade. “At first, you hurt, but you kind of get over it.
“That’s why I feel so strongly about and support VisionCorps. The rehabilitation staff helped me so much, and they’re still working with me. They supported me with whatever I needed. They can adapt to your vision level – and work with you at whatever pace you want to go.”
“They came to my house, learned my personality and attitude, and challenged me!” says Jesse. “And, they did it all without asking for a dime. There was no need to show an insurance card.”
He says VisionCorps staff works with individuals at whatever pace they need.
“There’s no pushing a blind person to be excellent in a day, if it takes a year, that’s what it takes. whatever you want to do, they’ll take you and help you get there,” says Jesse. He continues to work with rehabilitation staff, and getting help with his phone and learning braille.
Jesse also works at VisionCorps on the production line, where he has learned and does all the different jobs. He worked through the pandemic, and was appreciative of a staffer who picked him up each day so he could get into the workplace.
“My favorite job is cutting out and packing helmet pads for the military. it’s good for our troops; I wish I could give them a little note that says ‘hey, good luck’.”
He also spends time talking about VisionCorps and its services.
“Now, I talk about my situation. It’s a kind of vetting for me,” says Jesse. “When I tell my story, people start crying.”
He still has things he wants to learn to do.
“I’m going to Florida for a long weekend. I’ll be flying and then we’ll go boating and fishing – that will be a first for me,” says Jesse. “I push myself and am very hard on myself. I am, but I’m not who I used to be, and I still want to be that person.”