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jerzeycate, November 17,  2020  7:19am EST

Out of the Dark

I'm back.

In April, during an AFib episode, I had an Occular Stroke that left me legally blind. With my vision at 20/400 I have been unable to write or to even read and respond to poosts. I found an eye surgeon who was willing to work with me. They found I had caaracts slong with some damage to my retinas from the Stroke.

Last Tuesday I had surgery on my right eye. The procedures lasted 3 hours.

Whhen they took the the bandage off my eye I began to cry. Where there had been just blobs of colors and shapes there were now people. People with actual faces. Faces with eyes and noses and lips and teeth and wringles...

After 7 months of being legally blind (20/400) in my right eye my vision in that eye is now 20/30--nearly perfect. I'm like a young child who has just learned to read. I read everything. Outloud. The smaller the letters the better. My father, who is visiting for a month to help during my surgeres, just laughs. "Next," he said "Next you'll be reading me the phone book." My young neice, looking quite puzzled, asked "What's a phonebook." lol

Next Tuesday thw doctor will operate on my left eye. This eye sufferred less damage but, since the right eye is repaired I now realize it was impacted much more than I realized. So, instead of fearing the procedures, I am very excited about the prospect of seeing the world with resstored vision and a remewed heart very soon.

I've missed being here and hope all are well.

Please, even when you have been stable for awhile, never underestimate your disease/disorder. We never know wher it will come out of the dark and strike us down once again.

No Matter What life Brings... Never Give Up. You can Scream, cry, argue...But you Must Never Give Up...

It's A Great Day To Be Alive...


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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, November 17,  2020  9:17am EST

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It is great to have you back!! Best Katie

  • mghd20
    mghd20, November 29,  2020  8:22am EST

    Hi Cathy,

    I'm so glad your future is looking bright!

    I know what a phonebook is and can also tell you about how thick the Sears Catalog book was as well. 😋

    Hope the other eye turned out just as good.

    Take care, Mike

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