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Hello and welcome to health talk I'm Laura -- filling in for Dr.
So imagine having to prepare.
Find star dishes on national television for some of the world's best jabs without seeing any of the food or cooking utensils.
My guest today Christine -- she's made it to the final round of Fox's hit cooking show.
Master -- and despite -- severe vision impairment she's serving up some tough competition take a look you.
-- nightmare for the position of avocado puree the passion fruit trees and -- -- surrounding area the grandkids.
-- I'm on the first time this competition to be honest Christine.
-- -- And thanks so much for joining me and congratulations.
Now Kristine you're the first blind contestant on a cooking show and beating out 500000.
I that is incredible -- -- hard decision for you to try out for the show I am.
It was a difficult decision for me to try out I think -- the sort of personnel is welcomes that challenge and I always like to push myself it's good to see how far can go so.
The decision or trying out -- was not typical but actually surviving this far it was difficult for hates that -- a lot of nerve wracking experiences -- -- or.
So tell us a little bit about your condition.
So I was diagnosed in 2004 with something called Nero highlight his optic or an -- for short.
And it's rare progressive disease -- similar to multiple sclerosis where my immune system attacks my neurological systems so.
Over the years my optic nerves.
I had become inflamed frequently and over time that sort of -- my optic -- so.
That's how -- lost my vision and occasionally.
The spinal cord is also affected so there have been times when I would experience numbness or tingling is in my limbs in and my body but I.
Mostly managed to recover from this final information much better than visual -- -- it -- like being diagnosed that's been pretty scary if you were fine before yes it's it's scary but I I think also I prefer to know whether it's bad news -- good news I'd rather know than not know selecting there was a period of time when.
They could not -- -- won't be -- you know originally misdiagnosed with them as they were trying to figure out if I had -- says that I had rheumatoid arthritis.
I think not knowing is much scarier because you don't really know it's sort of a treatment plan to go on so I -- you know when I was actually.
Diagnosed officially in correctly I think it was actually a relief.
And did you stop cooking for awhile once -- happened I did I when I started before -- are losing my vision actually I just started really feeling like I was.
Get becoming a much better cook and then.
I had to deal with the diagnosis and the vision loss and that was a huge setback and I did stop cooking for awhile and I had to pretty much start over and I thought.
Even other some days when I thought maybe this is not something I could ever do again and it was very.
Disappointing and even devastating because I loved cooking and food so much and I had to start over.
With just making simple things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and that was even typical because I could tell that I had jelly all -- -- account where my bread was it like.
You know aligned correctly and in that was kind of a depressing experience and but I think you know once -- started accepting everything I think I.
Started adapting in and then just got back in the kitchen and tried my hand -- cooking again watching the show is very exciting you have been described as a remarkable performer.
I and you said in the past you feel that your blindness could be an advantage on the show why.
I think because you lose one sends the others.
Sort of not necessarily are always -- but I think you become much more in tune with them.
So I wouldn't say like my sense of hearing or my sense of smell is actually heightened but I think because I lost.
My sense of vision I'm much more aware of the other senses so.
I think because -- you know no longer could see I think.
My sense of taste and smell with better and I think also.
-- could only focus on what I'm doing so I'm not so worried about what everyone else is doing you know I can't see.
What the opinion of the contest in front of me -- behind me is cooking and I don't worry about what they're doing -- what they're excusing and trying to top that I just kind of focus on.
The things that I'm -- do the best that I cancel I think that's sort of the -- -- the fact that there's less of a distraction I think with that an advantage for me certainly a lot of challenges on the show I'm sure from from coming out and getting used to your station.
A what's been the hardest thing that you've had to overcome on the show on masters.
I think the hardest thing is overcoming.
-- sense of low.
Self confidence than just not having confidence in myself I think actually as the biggest challenge.
Mean you know the episode where.
I've made apple pie and I really honestly could not see anyone -- pie it's a lot and I felt like mine probably looked the worse you know I can't.
See what's going on in the -- -- speaking and I got my high insulate I had to crank up.
I think -- you know I had moved the -- and cranked up the time the temperature on that.
So it's just a lack of confidence in my cooking -- -- -- And -- belief in myself I think with what was the biggest challenge to overcome you've gone very far Michelle and I hear that you have.
A some pretty good feedback and response in May be quite a bit of fan mail -- -- would have been reading that I he has I haven't had so much.
I think a lot of outreach from fans and from people all over the world it's been.
Really amazing to hear you know I had no idea coming -- -- the show that.
These sorts of things happen I wouldn't that I would inspired so many people.
I just kind of went into it with no expectations but -- get.
Emails and you know FaceBook messages and Twitter messages from people all over the world whether they have the vision impairment some other disability or perfectly healthy.
Whether they -- to go to culinary school -- achieve but your dream vocation trial for the high school soccer team.
And they've you know gone through years of unemployment.
Or they've lost a loved one just I think.
Live it's sort of it's some -- reach these people.
And kind of let them know that regardless of obstacles and challenges.
But one can overcome.
Come them and I think that's just been amazing -- to hear how much I've been able to positively impact so many people over the world Sunnis and how can be can people find you on Twitter what's an easy way to find it.
So my Twitter handle for the show is and C three Christine and so you can find me on there or -- the FaceBook fan pages also and C three Christine.
And can -- -- -- the -- all that and -- them you just have to watch to half hearted fare and a parent out we'll check it out again congratulations.
On making it inspire truly inspirational thank you thank you so much.
So I want to thank you for joining me to be sure to watch of that.
Absolute grand finale of master -- this Monday night.
And that would be 898 central on fox if you have a health question send an email to Dr.
Manny at foxnews.com.
I'm Laura Ingle thanks for watching.
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