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Victim or Victor
September 04, 2013

Victim or Victor?

After receiving an initial diagnosis of macular degeneration whether it is early dry AMD or advanced wet AMD, people react in a variety of ways. Some perhaps out of ignorance of the possible vision changes down the road, put their heads in the sand and hope that their AMD remains unchanged and doesn't progress, while others are proactive seeking second opinions, changing their diets, reading books on AMD, and staying current regarding new treatment options.

Make A Choice

With each new vision loss, whether it is simply the need for more light and magnification or a more dramatic change of a large black spot appearing in the center of one's vision, a person has the choice of being a victim or a victor. Grieving the loss of normal vision and the subsequent activities, such as driving, is normal. For some, depression sets in leading people to withdraw or discontinue activities they once enjoyed.

Recognizing that there may be some big changes in what one does and how one does it is a good place to start. Not wanting to minimize what a person with AMD is going through, it is important to work through the feelings of loss and sadness and come out on the other side of being a victor.

Peggy Wolfe who has lived with AMD for over 13 years is also the author of Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss

Listen to the advice she offers:

"Think of yourself as a fighter who will meet the challenges posed by your vision loss, rather than as a victim. Let finding tactics to deal with your disease become your strategic game plan."

Peggy shares with our macular degeneration readers her "strategic game plan" of being a victor in her own life:

Living Well With Macular Degeneration

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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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