Hope you all are having a wonderful and relaxing summer, full of laughter, love, and life. 🙂
Mine has been good in so many ways. I’ve especially enjoyed our garden. Just seeing the daily changes in the miracle of plant life proves that our God is good all the time. Even when life sometimes hands us lemons.
For those of you who don’t follow my Facebook author page and don’t know my news, I found out at the end of May that the macular degeneration I was diagnosed with twelve years ago has progressed rapidly over the past year in my left eye.
The whole experience has certainly proved to be a “walk-up call” for me. When you go so long with little to no visual change, it’s easy to think that maybe the eye disease won’t ever progress. But it did.
For all practical purposes I’m blind in my left eye. I still have peripheral vision, but my central vision is distorted to the point that I can’t see clearly with my right eye closed.
I’ve spent a big chunk of time over the past few weeks grieving, praying, researching, and making changes to hopefully delay progression in my right eye. I’ve learned a great deal and believe the changes I’m making are positive ones. But I still have a lot of decisions to make.
I have an appointment with a retinal specialist on July 1st. At least part of that visit is to see if I’m a candidate for an experimental treatment study. Honestly, I find the prospect of anything experimental scary.
Tons of questions are rolling around in my head: What happened in the past year that made the disease progress so quickly? What do I need to do differently in the coming year to keep it from happening in my right eye? What steps do I need to be taking now to assure that I’m ready should I lose my functional vision altogether?
While I’m far from having the answers to these questions and more, I do know this.
God is still good. He’s still sovereign. He has healed in the past and He can heal again. And even if He chooses not to heal me, I trust that He has His reasons. The Lord isn’t surprised by this recent turn of events. He’s got this, and He has me in the palm of His hand.
I covet your prayers and offer a huge thanks in advance for those prayers. It truly does mean so much to me. Also a big thank you to those who’ve already been praying. I feel your prayers like a soft blanket wrapped around me.
Here are some specific requests:
- for wisdom, guidance, and clarity in making several potentially life-altering decisions
- that the changes I’m making in diet, exercise, and more will delay and even reverse the disease
- that the professionals caring for me and my vision will be given exceptional skill and insight and will be worthy of my trust
- that worry, fear, anxiety, and insomnia will be kept at bay by God’s peace that passes all understanding
- for my sweet hubby and other family members and friends who are also impacted by my vision issues
- that I will know what steps I need to take now to prepare for the future
I’ll post updates as I have them. Thank you again!
Much love and hugs to you all, ❤
P.S. If any of you have an interest in what I’ve uncovered in my research and the changes I’ve made to hopefully keep further disintegration of my vision from happening, let me know. If I can help anyone through sharing my story, I’m more than happy to do so by writing a post along those lines.