Two-time Big Brother winner Reggie Bird has expressed her emotional desire to travel the world “before it’s too late”.
The 49-year-old TV personality expressed her wish on Instagram after being diagnosed with Usher syndrome in October 2022.
The rare genetic disorder affects both hearing and vision, eventually causing her to become deaf and blind, but the exact course is unknown.
The mother of two had already suffered a bitter setback in 2008 when she was declared blind.
Reggie was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – a rare degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision problems.
But despite her setbacks, she is determined to stay positive and is trying to tick off a number of things on her bucket list while she still can.
In a new Instagram post, the Big Brother fan favorite posed in front of a scenic backdrop of mountain peaks and blue skies while holding her mobility aid.
The caption read: “I want to go away again and see as much as I can before it’s too late.
The post sparked an outpouring of love from fans who fully supported her wish.
“Enjoy every moment day by day and make as many memories as you can… if you want to leave then do it, don’t regret it,” said one.
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“Do it, Reggie. Enjoy life while you feel this way. Life is too short. Follow your dreams my friend,” another added.
Reggie’s news comes almost a year after she underwent cataract surgery on her left eye, which she can now see “much more clearly.”
“My cataract surgery went well yesterday,” she said in October 2022.
“I was so nervous when my first attempt three years ago…didn’t go well.
“They left half of the cataract in my eye and it felt like broken glass in there.”
“I then had to go back to my eye doctor to have holes lasered in to fix the problem.
“Once it heals, hopefully I’ll have more clarity in that eye.”
She felt “grateful” after witnessing a sunset in front of her that she described as “beautiful.”
Speak with 7Life Last year, Reggie said “it was just horrible” when she learned of her Usher syndrome diagnosis.
The mother-of-two said she had a feeling of “fear” “knowing this day would come.”
However, she was determined not to let it get her down and decided to “show people that you can overcome things and that you just keep going and don’t give up.”
“I just want to make the most of every day while I can before it happens,” she explained.
“But when the time comes, I’ll have things in place.”