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Update and Continued Prayer Request

Hi friends,

Hope you all are having a wonderful and relaxing summer, full of laughter, love, and life. 🙂

Our garden

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.

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37 thoughts on “Update and Continued Prayer Request”

  1. Cathy, I too struggle with macular degeneration. In the past I even had shots in my left eye. Now my right eye is having problems but I have not had to have shots this time. I will be praying for all your concerns. God is faithful to help us and we can count on Him. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I’ll get started on the post, but will probably delay it until after I’ve consulted with the retinal specialist.That way I can include anything new I learn from that experience.

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  2. Cathy, I am praying for you.  I don’t know how people go on without God.  Right now I, too, am leaning on Him.  My 17 year old grandson, Trae, has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Sunday he was beaten up by his girlfriend’s 2 brothers.  He had to have emergency laser eye surgery and has to go back on the 26th for more.  He has to have his wisdom teeth pulled out and because of his JRA he has to have braces.  Each one of these things is hard and painful but all of them at once. So yes, God is in control and He won’t let us have any more than we can handle.  He will be there with us through it all, but sometimes, it just seems a little too much. Again I am praying for you.

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  3. Wishing you nothing but good news on your eyes. I will add you to my prayer list and ask God for healing if it is his will. I too am being monitored yearly for that. So I know it is scary. God has a plan for each of us in his service and I know whatever the outcome you will shine!

    Mary K.

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  4. Prayer going up for you Cathy. I always pray for you but it’s niceto know specifics. You asked if any of us would like to know what you learned. ME !I too have macular degeneration but the only thing I take is grapeseedextract. Susan Bogart

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    1. Susan, I’m so grateful to you for your ongoing prayer for me. I will definitely write the post, though I may delay posting it until after I’ve met with the retinal specialist. I have checked into the grapeseed extract at your recommendation, along with several other products, but I’m waiting to purchase anything until after I’ve talked with the specialist. Much love! ❤

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear about the vision issues you’re having. I can only imagine how your mind is whirling. My heart aches for you but I know that you are strong and your faith is strong. A recent study of Job taught us that trials are just a promotion in God’s eyes – congratulations on your promotion 🤣 Seriously, He knows He can count on you to persevere & to profit the Kingdom through this hard time. Will be praying for you in all the ways you requested. Know you’re held close to my heart; I love you. Lynn

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    1. Thank you, sweet Lynn! We did a Job study in New Mexico while we were there, and talked about the very same thing. God had a strong confidence in Job, so when I go through stuff like this, I have to remind myself that whatever the outcome, God can use it for my good and His glory — a win-win! 🙂 Thanks again for the prayers. Love you too! ❤

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  6. I’m so sorry to learn of your struggles with your vision. While I do not have macular degeneration, an uncle of mine did. I lived far enough from him that I’m not aware of all his struggles, but I know he couldn’t drive. Also, he ended up listening to books on tape/CD and enjoyed “reading” in that way. I’ll pray for your upcoming visit with a retinal specialist and for continued excellent care. I’d love to know more about what changes in your diet and exercise have been recommended/have helped. So, I think a follow-up post would be informative and helpful to many. Your faith comes across strongly in your post, and I know that your words and attitude are an inspiration to others. I’ll pray for the peace that passes all understanding to envelope you and comfort you. Love and hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Susie! It is certainly a life-changing disease. I pray that I will handle it as well as your uncle did! I am already working on a post, but will probably delay posting until after I meet with the retinal specialist. That way I can include his recommendations in the post. Thanks again for your prayers. I feel them! Love and hugs right back atcha! 🙂

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  7. My grandpa had macular degeneration of the eyes it’s a slow process  it’s hereditary so does anyone else in your family have it ? 

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    1. Yes. My grandmother and her brother and my dad. It definitely runs in the family, which certainly increases the risk of developing it.

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  8. Bless you, sweet Cathy!

    I am praying! I am praying and asking the Lord for His mercy with whatever will honor Him. I know He will still bless you in whatever He allows. ☺️

    Thank you for asking us to help pray! *hugs you*

    Ursula

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  9. Praying for healing for your eye and for guidance and wisdom for you and Travis and the family. We love and miss you guys something terrible.

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