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Topic: REDUCE (11/05/15)
TITLE: The Light of My Life
By Chris Goglin
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Thinking about Linda’s unfortunate circumstance, I tried to imagine a life void of beautiful Arizona sunsets, watching my favorite Hallmark movies, or running to hug my little granddaughter. How would I write my future novel? How would I read the directions for baking my favorite Christmas cookies? Hiking on the mountain trails with my husband and kids would be almost impossible! Wow… this is getting too intense. I will never have to worry about this, will I?
During the next several days, I Googled everything I could about Macular Degeneration. Each website contained similar information. Risk factors are having a light eye color…check; smoking…no; over age 55…check; high-blood pressure…no; obesity…no; a close family member has it …check! I also found out there is no real cure, but eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, may delay the progression of the disease. I could just start a healthy fitness plan…I don’t need to see any doctor…NOT!
Realizing, I could have the same disease as my twin, I decided to make an appointment with an eye doctor. I don’t want to do this. What will happen if I have it? I don’t want to know that…but maybe something will help if I tackle the problem early?
“Hello, National Eye Care Center, may I help you?” The receptionist kindly answered.
“Hello….um I need an appointment as soon as possible. You see, my twin sister has Macular Degeneration, and I am concerned that I may have it too.”
“I’m sorry to hear that. Let me see what I have available. The only date available is next month, on the 20th at 10 AM. Will that do?”
Feeling anxious, I whispered, “That will be fine.” Don’t want to go right away Thank you.” I gave her my name and phone number, and ended the call. I wanted to think about something else, anything but a bad diagnosis. I will just go about my days not thinking about what could, or could not be.
The next day, I dressed quickly, looked in the mirror, and started putting on my makeup. It suddenly hit me. How could I do this if I was blind? Who would fix my hair and match my clothes? Here I go again, thinking about what probably will never be. I made up my bed, and walked down the hallway to the kitchen to make my husband’s breakfast. As I leaned over to turn on the gas stove, I realized this could be a scary situation, more than I wanted to deal with. How do blind people handle this? I’m letting my imagination take hold again!
After finishing a plate of scrambled eggs, and hash browns, I hopped in the shower to begin my day. Hmmm…I’m not even going to go there! Feeling refreshed, I sat down by the warm fireplace and began my quiet time with the Lord. I opened my Bible and read, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid” (Psalm 27:1). This will be my first verse to memorize “if” for some reason I need to!
This is a non-fiction true story
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