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 began life a healthy, 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, I kept moving, adapting, growing. We raised five children in the Midwest. Family, love and the gospel of Jesus Christ grounded my life with purpose and meaning.
I skeptically received a diagnosis of glaucoma at age 57. Mine was not a typical case. A parade of doctors prescribed ever more eye drops, each with its own uncomfortable side effects, but nothing arrested the progression of the disease. I endured the eye drops for three years, then quit them all, concluding that I would be better off blind.
During The Great Recession of the late 2000s, my husband and I moved across country, attempting to salvage our tiny real estate empire. Eventually, my vision deteriorated till I had to relinquish my driver’s license. Sobered, I found an ophthalmologist who stabilized my vision, he even improved it some with surgery. But I was left legally blind.
Ironically, losing much of my vision allowed me to see life from a different angle. 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.
Let’s face it, life was never intended to be predictable or easy, and that’s why in the process of life, I like you, am refined and purified. Hey, let’s experience life together! Through my blog posts, I invite you to join me in this journey of discovery.