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Maricar Marquez never goes for a run without her dog Cliff. Not because he whines if she leaves the house without him, but because Marquez is deaf and blind, and Cliff is her guide dog. Marquez has a condition known as Usher syndrome. As a result, she was born deaf and with a progressive visual condition called retinitis pigmentosa. “It started off as night blindness. Eventually I started having tunnel vision, which means that my peripheral vision was diminishing. I used to be a visual signer but as I started losing my peripheral vision, I started relying on tactile sign language,” says Marquez, who is a supervisor of the independent living department at the Helen Keller National Center.Not all guide dogs are trained to guide while running. In fact, Marquez and Cliff were connected through New York-based non-profit Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the only guide dog school with a Running Guides program. The ability to run with a guide dog, rather than relying on a human guide, has made a huge impact on Marquez’s ability to exercise — and, in her words, to feel free.We asked Marquez about her relationship with Cliff and her love of running.Refinery29: Did you always love running?Maricar Marquez: “Not always. I have always been very active, though. I was on the volleyball team, but I have to admit I was a lousy player. I started experiencing peripheral vision loss and night blindness during high school, and it’s hard to find the ball when you have restricted visual fields. “Back then, though, I wasn’t as active as I am today. I didn’t start running until I went to Gallaudet [University, a private university for the deaf and hard of hearing]. That’s where I developed my love for running and sports in general. Now I run, but I’m also an avid bike rider. I use a tandem bike… obviously I can’t ride on my own. “I consider myself an all-around athlete. I enjoy trying new things like caving, swimming, rock climbing — I’m usually up for anything. I even tried sky diving.”Had you ever run with a dog before Cliff?“No. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is the only program in the country that has this type of running guide program. And while I have been involved in many races — including the New York City Marathon and the Oyster Bay Triathlon — before Cliff, I ran with a human guide. “As I lost more and more of my vision, I had started to lose my motivation for running. I missed being active, so when I heard about this running program I got excited. But the thought of running with a dog also made me nervous. I worried that he would just take off and I would be left in the dust. “To make sure this didn’t happen I decided to get back to the gym and start working out again. I wanted to make sure I was able to keep up with him, so I started running on the treadmill at my workplace’s gym to improve my endurance and speed.”What was the training like with Cliff?“The first thing you need to do is develop a relationship with your dog. I remember meeting Cliff and falling in love right away. He is such a sweet, good-natured dog. We bonded immediately so there was no issue there. The bonding came very easily. Then we were able to start training. “The running portion of our training also worked out perfectly from the start. Cliff followed my pace, and it was a very comfortable fit. I was excited and of course a little nervous too. I had waited two and a half years for Cliff. But he was well worth the wait.”What’s it like running with Cliff compared to running with another person?“When I’m running with Cliff I feel more independent. I guess the word I would use is “free”. I’m not depending on another person. I depend on people for so much — it’s nice to be on my own. “Don’t get me wrong, I still depend on people to provide me with visual information and facilitate communication with others when I’m in a race or a run. I’m thankful to all the people in my life for that. Cliff isn’t able to sign to me. “But holding onto a human guide can be tricky when running. I have problems with my balance and using a human guide throws my balance off even more. Cliff has a special running harness. It’s very comfortable. I give the directions but Cliff guides me around any obstacles in our way. For example, I’ve been running on a boardwalk recently and he guides me around the people, benches, and any construction sites.”What’s the biggest impact that Cliff has made on your life?“I guess running would be the biggest impact. If I had gotten another dog who didn’t have this specialized training I may not have gotten back into running and all the other activities that I love to do. He has given me the motivation to run, and to do other activities as well, because now I’m feeling good, I feel strong and in shape. We graduated in December 2018 from the GB and since then I’ve joined two races, a 5k, and a triathlon.“I’ve completed many triathlons in the past, but it had been a few years since I had competed. I kept talking about it but never followed through. Then when I got Cliff I told myself I have no more excuses. It’s time to get back out there. So I started training. If I didn’t have Cliff I don’t know if I would have had the motivation to get back to my active life. I’m thankful to him for that.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Is It Safe To Run Outside During Coronavirus?Deaf Advocates Petition For White House TranslatorRunning Shorts You'll Love (With Pockets!)
The 2020 Emmys had a lot going on — a historic win for Zendaya, an epic shut down by Kerry Washington, and touching acceptance speeches galore. My personal favorite moment? Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson thanking his therapist, Ian, as he accepted his award for Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special.“Thank you to my therapist Ian,” he said. “I am a different man than I was two years ago. Therapy should be free in this country.” It was a sweet moment — Jefferson was clearly beyond excited about his win — and it was also a huge win for the movement to normalize taking care of your mental health.This actually isn’t the first time the journalist-turned-scriptwriter has advocated for free therapy. Jefferson also spoke about it on The Color of Change podcast with Gia Peppers back in July. “I try to shout out my therapist as much as possible,” he said. “Every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., he’s my dude.”He continued, saying: “Taking those moments are incredibly important for everybody, but I think particularly for people of color. For a long time people of color have not been given that opportunity to feel like they should take care of themselves in things like therapy. I’ve been the biggest proponent for that. It’s changed my life for the better.” Jefferson said that “things would change overnight” if therapy was made free and available for all. “I do think that everyone should go and that it should be much less expensive than it is,” he said.And Jefferson is right. Normalizing therapy and making access to it easier for people of color is essential, given that those in marginalized groups are often carrying around the weight of intergenerational trauma on their shoulders — not to mention the additional stress of the past year. Among other things, people of color have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and have had to endure watching people in their communities fall victim to police violence.We may not be getting universal free therapy any time soon (although our fingers are crossed) but normalizing getting the help you need is critical. “I think it’s important to reach out and ask for help when you need it,” Anabel Basulto, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist at Kaiser Permanente, previously told Refinery29. “Talk to a doctor, to your friends, and don’t be afraid to admit you’re in trouble. A lot of people have shame around these mental health topics, and we need to remember that it’s okay to normalize it and talk about it.”Having access to therapy is a privilege that Jefferson acknowledges. And he’s right, the world could change for the better if we were all given the help we need. For now, the fight for free and accessible mental health care lies in our votes — hopefully, it’ll happen sooner than we think.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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