“Izzy’s Tips For Independent Living” has been an anonymous, independent living skills,
advice column for over five years. But who’s Izzy?
Izzy is the
pseudonym for Vision Loss Rehabilitation BC’s (VLRBC’s) Lynn Jensen. Lynn has
worked at CNIB/VLRBC for over 16 years as a vision rehabilitation therapist. In
this role, she teaches adaptive skills for independent living, including meal
preparation skills, basic sewing skills, make-up application, and braille.
for writing an anonymous advice column was born on a commute to work via
Vancouver’s commuter train, West Coast Express (WCE). Lynn says that she does
her best creative thinking on the WCE. She thought there should be an
additional avenue for people with sight loss to gain life-changing information to
assist with challenges of daily living.
all of her vision suddenly and unexpectedly eight months after graduating from
the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing in 1996. She was
determined to continue practicing in the field of nursing and do so as a
rehabilitation professional. Lynn explains that she wants to share her
experiences with clients and families. She attributes her success to being
stubborn, thanks to her father. She holds firmly to the adage, “If you want to
believe in somebody, believe in yourself”.
writing. She blogs under her own name as well as Izzy. In addition, she has
published articles in Canadian Nurse (“Focusing Your Care: Working With ClientsWith Vision Loss” (March 2012), Canadian Nursing Home, and a blog in BC Medical
Why did she
choose to blog under the pseudonym, “Izzy”. Lynn explains that she wanted the
name to begin with the letter, “I”, for “Independence”. She wanted a name with
two syllables like the renowned newspaper advice columnist, “Dear Abby”. In
addition, Lynn says that she wanted a name that meant independence to her. To
Lynn, independence meant getting behind the wheel of her beloved ‘84 Pontiac Firebird,
which she had named “Izzy.”
If you are
a person who is blind or partially sighted or a family member or care provider
for people with sight loss, Lynn has some fabulous advice to share with you.
You can view, “Izzy’s Tips For Independent Living at www.cnib.ca/blog.