Married and enjoying the recent miracle of our second child, but my life as I knew it was turning upside down. “Jill, you are going blind. I am sorry,” a very cold-hearted retinal specialist explained, “and there is no cure so there is nothing more I can do for you”.
Fast forward almost two decades of suffering vision loss, dealing with new social anxieties, losing my driver’s license, failing a research subject at a local university, and a career slowly but surely slipping out of sight.
My daily life is a challenge that I never saw coming; challenges that test who I am yet make who I am better. The never-ending love and support from my family and dear friends are the closest thing to a cure I have at this point. These people are the only cure I’ve got and for that, I am truly grateful.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.