It sounds crazy, but there’s never been a better time to go blind than now, thanks to medical advancements, computers, ease of transportation and communication. But no one in their right mind would choose this. I was a healthy child, a post World War II baby-boomer. In my infancy my parents left their beloved Idaho, diploma in hand, for the Midwest and better employment. They continued moving and searching till long after my siblings and I grew up and left home. My unconventional childhood furnished me with a unique perspective and forced me to adapt to change. I married and with my entrepreneurial husband raised five children in the Midwest. Family love and the gospel of Jesus Christ anchored my life.
I took my diagnosis of glaucoma at age 57 doubtfully. Mine was not a typical case. Various doctors prescribed ever more eye drops, each with its own agonizing side effects, in a vain attempt to arrest the disease. I endured for three years, then quit them all. Distracted by financial upheaval and several cross-country moves, I focused on our real estate business. Finally, my vision became so poor that I relinquished my driver’s license and found an ophthalmologist. My eyes stabilized, even improving some after medical treatment, but I was left with permanently low vision.
Ironically, being legally blind launched me on a new adventure. I certainly sacrificed some independence and convenience, but I’m beginning to see in ways I could not see before and experience life with a new-found confidence and joy. I can assure you I didn’t see this twist coming! But I am humbly grateful.