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Family Affair

My family is full of blind or half-blind people because of macular degeneration – for generations back.

Felt a little guilty about my perfect eyesight

My mom and two of my siblings have been blind from 40 years of age. I was so thankful but felt a little guilty that I had been blessed with perfect eyesight all my life. As a professional artist for 50 years I had excellent awareness of color and design.

Rudely awakened with wet AMD

Then about two years ago I had a rude awakening as I developed dry macular and later had wet macular in my right, dominant eye. Also my color perception was altered and some colors are weaker. This just throws my painting out of whack something fierce. Now I have no depth perception because of the right, blind eye.

Painting was my living and my life

I do thank God that I can see in my left eye (pretty well) but painting was my only way to make a living (and my life) and my retirement is very small. Sorry for whining but it makes me feel better just to say all of this.

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Comments

  • Andrea Junge moderator
    2 weeks ago

    @glendakinnisonsmith, thank you for sharing this part of your story with us. It is so hard to have such drastic changes in our vision, especially when it changes the way we have to do the things we’ve always loved to do. You’re in the right place for some venting because here, we understand! Vent away! I hope that you’re able to find the joy in life again, as there is still so much life to experience…just in different ways. Please reach out to us whenver you need. We are glad you’re here. -Andrea, MacularDegeneration.net Team Member

  • shelby-comito moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Hi @GlendaKinnisonSmith, thank you so much for taking the time to share a bit of your story with us. Vision loss threatens so much, and I can’t even imagine how incredibly heartbreaking it must be to have it impacting your career and one of your greatest passions.

    You are not whining at all, and please never apologize for sharing how you feel here! So many in our community are going through similar emotions and experiences, and it’s so helpful to be able to connect with one another and feel a little less alone. I commend you for taking the courage to share, and I hope it will encourage others, too, as well. We’re here for you and please lean on this community anytime you need.

    – Shelby, MacularDegeneration.net Team Member

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