A poem written and presented by Joan Creviston. Please help by donating to Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited genetic eye disease. It is programmed into your cells. Nothing is known yet that can prevent it and no injury or life event has caused it. Genetic defects or mutations send incorrect messages to the retinal cells which leads to their progressive degeneration which leads to vision loss.
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited eye diseases that affect the retina by degeneration of photoreceptor cells. These cells normally capture and process light helping us to see. Patients experience progressive vision loss as these photoreceptor cells degenerate and die.
Clinical studies to find a cure require public funding. Please donate to Foundation Fighting Blindness to help in the elimination of vision loss.
A native to Chicagoland, Joan Creviston was an interior designer and has also been involved in the fitness industry since 1981. As a member of the NPC (National Physique Committee), she competed in multiple National Amateur Body Building contests, placing second in a national qualifying category in 1986. It was during her personal journey with fitness, that she learned the importance of consistency and discipline, and that a relationship with fitness can truly change your life.
In 1987, Joan was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, an incurable genetic eye condition, which will lead to total blindness. This “inspired” Joan to re-examine her priorities, and adapt to life and her gradual permanent vision loss. She decided to put all of her energy into advancing her career in fitness. The result has been her personal understanding of life’s challenges in attaining long term health and fitness and the value of embodying a healthy lifestyle. A cornerstone of her client interactive approach is inspiration through compassion, helping to guide clients by individualized fitness program with the necessary modifications to help them realize a new relationship with fitness. FitnessVisionWithJoan is her website and she created a DVD of "Short Burst" workouts for people to modify their capability when and where they had time. This has provided new ways for her to share her gifts with a larger audience.
Joan works as a Master Level Certified Personal Trainer and group exercise instructor at local gyms in Chicago’s western suburbs. Her specialties include overall fitness and nutritional awareness, fitness for special populations including older active adults and those with special considerations or disabilities.