Diagnosed 3 years ago with the dry form of macular degeneration. Vison has changed somewhat since then. First in the left eye, then more recently in the right. Things are a little foggy, and reading is a bit harder as all the words are crooked but that's the worst of it so far.
I know what's coming down the road and while scary, the thing that bothers me most is the idea of having to rely on someone else. Losing my independence is probably my worst fear.
I also have severe hearing loss. Ten years ago they estimated I had the hearing of a 75 year old, I am 56.
Now the thing with hearing loss is that it shrinks your world. People get tired of repeating themselves and eventually you find yourself moved to the sidelines of conversations and the world closes in a bit. I often wonder how much more my world will be reduced as my AMD progresses.
I used to build homes for a living and as I retire in a few years, I hope to build myself a cottage where I intend to spend the rest of my days looking out over the lake.
Friends & family will sometimes gently remind me that once I loose my sight, I won't be able to drive, shop for food, cut firewood, find my way around, etc. and that living alone at the cottage just wont be possible.
I once had a teacher who told me the only limits we have are those we set for ourselves.
Best damned advice I've ever gotten.
See you all up the lake.
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