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Friday, December 11, 2015

How We Lived, Laughed and Loved Through Macular Degeneration

While I was reading  on a caregiver forum a few days ago, I can across a question posed by another forum member about Macular Degeneration. They wanted to know if anyone else had cared for a loved one with the eye disease.  That got me thinking, it may be helpful if I shared our family's story of dealing with the very common yet seldom talked about eye disease.

When you think about all the press and medical science that is aimed at things like dementia, heart disease, Parkinson's and so on you may come to realize that Macular Degeneration gets little attention in comparison, even though it is the # 1 cause of blindness in people over 65. My mother is one of those people and here in part is her story.

When mom was just a few years older than I am now, I remember sitting in a car with her one day while we waited for my dad to get done in the store. It was then for the first time she mentioned to me that she was having trouble seeing. She said " I can see but I can't see". What do you mean mom I asked her. She had trouble explaining to me what she meant but she knew something was wrong. At first we thought maybe  cataracts, so we made an appointment with the eye doctor.