Preserving Vision: Self-Love is Self-Care
Existing treatment options for macular degeneration
If you have wet ARMD, you can possibly receive injections in order to slow the progression of your disease. But, if you have dry ARMD, myopic macular degeneration, or Stargardt's disease... there is not currently any treatment or cure. However, there are still many things we can do in order to give our eyes a fighting chance.
Using self-love to take care of our eyes
Self-love is defined as regard for one's own well-being and happiness. This goes a lot farther than one might originally think. Taking care of our eyes and bodies is one of the biggest and most important forms of self-love there is.
Want to know more about the importance of self-love? Here’s an article I wrote around Valentine’s Day that may be of some help for you called SELF-Love is in the Air.
Highlighting MacularDegeneration.net articles
While on a conference call this week here at Health Union, our outstanding team members were discussing which topics our community might like us to write about. That got me thinking about all of the really great articles that have already been written for our community but may not have been read by our newer members. I wanted to find a way to highlight some of these amazing articles and make them easily accessible to you.
Preserving vision with self-love
I’ve come up with an acrostic poem about self-love to help us all remember how much there really is that we CAN do for the health of our eyes and the preservation of our vision. Under each self-love topic, I’m linking some articles written by myself and each of my friends here MacularDegeneration.net. These articles are all in an archive in our community, but they're also here now for you to easily click and enjoy!
S - Sleep and Sunglasses
E - Exercise
L - Learn All You Can
F - Fruits and Veggies
L - Let Go of Mental Health Stigma
O - Optimism and Community
V - Vitamin Supplementation
E - Experience Joy
The importance of sleep and sunglasses
I know that sleep and sunglasses don’t really go hand in hand, but they’re both important macular degeneration ‘s’ words. Check out these amazing articles on both topics:
- I Really Need to Learn How to Sleep: By Andrea Junge
- Protecting the Vision We Still Have: By Katie Berrill
- Sunglasses 101: By Andrea Junge
Exercise tips for macular degeneration
Exercise is another important tool in battling macular degeneration. Remember, you don’t have to join a gym and pump iron in order to get your exercise in. One of my favorite ways to exercise is to enjoy a long walk with a loved one or to do what I call productive exercise. Some examples of productive exercise would be vacuuming the house or mowing the lawn.
- Why We Don’t Just Exercise to Get Skinny: By Andrea Junge
- What Me, Exercise?: By Richard Hallberg
- Helping Our Eyes Through Physical Activity: By Sue LaBar Yohey
Learn all you can
Knowledge is such a powerful tool when battling macular degeneration. The more you know, the more power you have over it. Our very own Sam Seavy has so many helpful videos with tips and tricks to help us all change the way we do things with vision loss. You can find all of his videos here.
- Diving Deeper into the Research Pool: By Richard Hallberg
- Bump Dots: By Sam Seavy
- Lay Person’s Guide to Monitoring Macular Degeneration: By Denny Simon
Fruits and veggies for healthy eyes
Diet and nutrition are such major pieces of the macular degeneration puzzle. They help us keep our eyes healthy and seeing as well as they can, for as long as they can! But, it isn't always simple to know what to eat or how to cook eye-healthy meals.
Recipes for a macular degeneration diet
Our team is working hard on not only providing information about this topic, but we’ve also recently launched a recipe section on www.maculardegeneration.net! You can find all of our recipes here: Recipes Archive | MacularDegeneration.net.
- The Mediterranean Diet and MD: Finding Healthier Food Options with Ease: By Andrea Junge
- What are Lutein and Zeaxanthin?: By Andrea Junge
- Eye-Healthy Foods and Nutrients: By Andrea Junge
Let go of mental health stigma
It isn't hard to believe that a difficult diagnosis like macular degeneration is accompanied by difficult feelings. Our emotional and mental health is another integral part of battling this disease. It may be hard for some of us to admit that we might need so assistance with mental health because there's often a stigma attached to it.
Taking care of your mental health is taking care of your eye health
I'm here to tell you that taking care of your mental health is not only necessary to living our best lives, but it's also brave and worth it. Here are a few articles that may be of some help to anyone looking to work on the mental health aspect of their difficult health diagnosis:
- The Truth About Therapy: By Andrea Junge
- Emotional Health Matters Too: By Andrea Junge
- Coping With Mental Health and Macular Degeneration: By Katie Berrill
- You’re Not Dying and You Don’t Have Cancer. Why Are You So Sad?: By Andrea Junge
Optimism and community support
A little bit of optimism, a shift in perspective, and a supportive community go a long way when it comes to our emotional health when dealing with a difficult diagnosis.
Healthy communities at Health Union
Have you ever wondered about who or what Health Union is? Check us out here on an article I wrote about the amazing people behind our most precious community Heart to Heart: A Look Into Our Macular Degeneration Community.
- The Power of Belonging: How Being Part of a Group Affects Macular Degeneration: By Andrea Junge
- The Eight Types of Wellness: By Andrea Junge
- LUCKY Me?: By Andrea Junge
Vitamin supplementation for macular degeneration
Vitamin supplementation is one of the hottest topics in the macular degeneration world. There is so much information out there about which vitamins to take and whether to take any or not. It’s important to note that each of us has unique needs when it comes to vitamin supplements and nutrition. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking anything new.
A guide to eye healthy vitamins
We, here at MacularDegeneration.net have so much valuable information to offer about vitamins... from cutting down cost and what’s inside AREDS vitamins, all the way to help prevent stomach ache when taking them. If you've been diagnosed with Stargardt's disease, it's important to know all you can about Vitamin A. Likewise, if you take (or plan to take) the AREDS vitamin formula, you may want to be sure how your body responds to zinc.
- What About Those Eye Vitamins? By: Linda C Moore
- Reducing the Cost of Vitamins and a Healthy Lifestyle: By Andrea Junge
- When Your Eye Vitamins Make Your Stomach Hurt: By Andrea Junge
Changing perspective to experience joy
A diagnosis of macular degeneration doesn’t have to feel like the end of the world. Though battling this disease is oftentimes accompanied by difficult emotions like fear, sadness, anger, and worry... we can change our perspective about it all and allow it to be a catalyst for a happier and grateful life. I always say... we get ONE life, macular degeneration or not. How we choose to spend our time matters.
We are never without hope and power
Living every day with a diagnosis of macular degeneration can sometimes feel hopeless or worrisome. Those of us here at MacularDegeneration.net are here to show you that there is so much we can do for the health of our eyes.
I hope all of these articles help you gain back some control over your diagnosis. When you aren't sure what you can control about your macular degeneration diagnosis... remember this acrostic poem on SELF-LOVE!
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You are powerful beyond measure,
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