When I was a single mom, I met a lovely lady, Debra, who suffered from macular degeneration. She attended the Sunday school class I taught single moms on finances through Crown Ministries.
Since she was legally blind and unable to drive, Debra relied on friends and family to get her to church and doctor’s appointments and other necessary events. I was on her call list.
Macular degeneration can be hereditary. Her beautiful daughter (inside and out) was already experiencing similar symptoms, and she was only in her late teens. I remember how her apple tasted and looked – with pretty little piecrust leaves and flowers, and I have never been able to make one anywhere near like it, thought I keep trying!
She invited me and my toddler daughter to a fun 4th of July celebration with a huge firework show at her house in a fly-in airport subdivision. It was magical and I felt right at home with her family.
She always had a great attitude and was so cheerful to be around. She was truly a light in the darkness. I’m sure she must have hidden her fears and anger over losing her sight and only showed the public a positive front.
That was almost 15 years ago. I don’t even remember how we lost touch, but I think she moved away. Then, when I met my husband, we started attending a different church and soon moved out of state.
I can’t imagine the fear of losing the sense of sight. I wish I knew more about Debra’s condition. I wonder with the more modern technology, if there are improved options for her eye health today?
We take it for granted, being able to view sunsets and art, read, enjoy the smile of my children.
Jesus healed the blind, so we should care about people who are blind, learn more about a common curable eye disease, AMD.
While keeping your body fit, make sure you keep your eyes healthy too!
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