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Big Brother’s Reggie Bird: I’m legally blind

“Unless I have my cane with me, people don't realise I have low vision.”

It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since Reggie Bird captured the hearts of Australians and won Big Brother.

Now, she’s revealed she’s been declared legally blind due to a disease she’s battled for 12 years.

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Reggie, who is now known as Regina Sorensen, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at 29 and was told she’d eventually lose her vision.

“I've lost my peripheral vision and I've got 10 degrees of central vision left,” she told Channel 7’s The Daily Edition.

She said she wanted to make the public aware that many people with disabilities have conditions that aren’t immediately visible.

“Unless I have my cane with me, people don't realise I have low vision,” she said.

“Sometimes when you get taxis, I've had taxi drivers say you're only going up the road, why can't you walk?”

The single mum says her two children, Mia and Lucas, have been a big help to her and understand when she needs guidance.

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