The Day I Was Told I Was Going Blind From Diabetic Retinopathy

January 22, 2015 9:49 PM

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I've always believed in preventative health care. And as a person with Type 1 diabetes, every year I would see my ophthalmologist for a thorough eye exam. After each visit, I typically felt giddy and celebratory, always leaving the office with a good report; "Nothing to see here... see you next year." Even though I would normally receive good news, I always dreaded these check ups, as going blind from diabetes retinopathy is my biggest nemesis, my biggest fear and a potential turning point in my life that I always believed I couldn't handle. So every morning for about two weeks out from these annual visits, I would wake up with a feeling of dread and fear of having to stare down that beam of light that might reveal a problem. I can honestly say I was tormented by these thoughts. Tortured by the mere thought of blindness.

However, I'm perfectly aware of the fact that many inspiring and amazing people live full, wonderful lives with blindness. But for me personally, this complication is terrifying and non-negotiable. Typically, I've never been able to read or watch anything about the eye or blindness given my terror o...

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