My diagnosis of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) came too soon. I was only 52 years old but I was the third generation in my family to receive the news. My paternal grandmother lost her vision in one eye after being diagnosed in her early 80’s. My Dad was diagnosed in his late 60’s. And, there was me and I was only 52. How could this be I asked myself repeatedly. I don’t remember getting an answer.
As I approach my 60th birthday in a few weeks, I have lost enough vision now that denial is no longer an option. Trust me. I’ve tried denying that AMD is stealing my vision and, my independence. But now it’s time to get real and start living life as a person with low vision and that means learning to ask for help and to embrace the resources and technology that are available for me, a person living with low vision from AMD. It’s time for me to accept the reality of AMD
This blog will serve a dual purpose. I hope to share openly the fears and challenges that those with low vision face while also sharing the resources I discover to help us live a full and normal life. So, let’s get this party started.