Let's Help Doug!

$18,600 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 235 people in 33 months
Angela Rossi
on behalf of Doug Sheehy
 AVON, CO
As many of you know, Doug Sheehy recently suffered from a traumatic eye injury leaving him with minimal eye sight despite two extensive surgeries.   Doug was given a dismal prognosis at the beginning, but with the care of incredible doctors and the invitation to join in a clinical trial, Doug is feeling hopeful that he will regain most of his sight.  

Doug will participant in a  clinical trial at Cincinnati Eye Center this summer that involves implanting a synthetic hand painted iris that will look like his normal right eye and will also help to alleviate the light sensitivity and, with the help of a synthetic lens, will focus the light and dramatically improve his vision. 

The downside to this surgery is that because it is a clinical trial, his insurance will not cover any of the cost.  As you can imagine this surgery will be very expensive and I would love to rally up all his friends to donate whatever we can to help eliminate some of the burden off Doug.  

Tiss the season to give, so perhaps you have a few extra dollars to help a friend.  I know that Doug would be forever thankful.  
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Another successful follow up at the Cincinnati Eye institute! Dr. Snyder is pleased with my healing and I am having eye drops modified as my pressure was a little high probably due to the steroid drops.
Everything else is great! 20/20 which will improve with my pressure stabilizing!!!

Thank you all for your support! This would not have been possible without you!!!
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Just came out of testing while I was writing the below but have to share this....

20/16 vision WITHOUT correction
The tech said NNNNOOOO WAY! When I read the 20/16 line. For me to be at this point already!!!! I am way ahead of schedule for healing!!!

It has been a while since an update. Today I sit in the lobby of the Cincinnati Eye Institute for my 1 month follow up (5 weeks from surgery).

I can't help but think how much different I feel today.
The anxiety over surgery after the trauma and pain a year ago is gone.
Would the surgery be successful?
Would I see better?
Would I be able to return to normal life and enjoy all the things I was struggling with prior, driving, skiing, mountain biking, walking or even having conversations face-to-face where I struggled to read faces or even recognize people I have known for a long time.
Work. Reading emails, tuning and mounting skis, driving in harsh weather, headaches, sometimes incapacitating from pressure. Not too mention standing or skiing (yes this is work too!) in bright sun with with snow everywhere. Blinding with with no iris to regulate light.

As well as, being self conscious with strangers as they would look from one eye to the other and know that some were more focused on wondering "what happened to his eye" or on the lighter side the few times someone said "your eyes, they are so cool, 2 different colors, LIKE A HUSKY!!" Um yeah, have another cocktail girl.....

Even with all of this, as I drove East a month ago, I could not help but think that despite the trauma and a year of struggle, that out of the worst of times the best is yet to come.

I spent time with many of my family as well as my best friends and their families, getting to see what amazing parents they have become.

I was able to road ride with Dave in VA, mountain bike with Jim and Bobby in Stowe. This put a HUGE smile on my face as there was no way I would have been able to do that prior with limited or no depth perception.
Hike with Jim and Laura and Meronica able to enjoy the full beauty VT has to offer.

Thank you all for your support. Without it this would not have been possible.
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1 year ago today, at this hour, I was prepped for emergency surgery waiting for the on-call surgeon to arrive. By all accounts I was lucky he was the one on call as he was an extremely talented. He was.
One minor drawback was his bedside manor. He was apathetic and glib before and even more so after that I would never see again out of my left eye. I was for all intents and purpose blind. He was wrong.

Today, 1 year later, I look back and think about the time spent healing, waiting, wondering, attempting to come to terms with the potential to never see again out of my left eye. After 3 weeks of healing and a stunned 2nd doctor who reported that my retina appeared to be intact,I chose to seek a 3rd opinion and was given an opinion 180° from the original doctor....this opinion was given with the utmost confidence, a confidence that inspired trust in Dr. Mathias at the University of Colorado Eye Center. In addition he gave me information on a clinical trial that might restore some vision. I did the research, called the clinics that perform the procedure and debated pursuing it until the last call to the Cincinnati Eye Institute. That one phone call and the woman who answered all my questions the first time I asked, without so much as a hesitation, she exuded confidence in Dr. Snyder. I flew to Cincinnati and he exuded the same confidence even more so. That confidence gave me confidence to go forward with the procedure.

Today also marks the 2 week mark from surgery.my vision has slowly but steadily cleared as it heals and eye drops are reduced. I am finding some of the things I thought were lost beginning to come back, balance, depth perception, peripheral vision, stability,

Thank you all for your support. Without it this would not have been possible.
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Raised by 235 people in 33 months
Created November 6, 2016
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$100
Peter Mills-Brown
26 months ago

Big hugs to ya!

NB
$50
nicholas blackburn
27 months ago
JL
$20
Jessica Lucan
27 months ago
RS
$100
Rhonda Swenson
27 months ago

Wishing you a fast and furious recovery!

$50
Hannah Leslie
27 months ago

I am praying for your healing in absolute greatness!! May God bless you!! Hugs galore!! Miss ya and Luv ya !!

JR
$50
Julie R
27 months ago
RS
$50
Ryan Sheehy
27 months ago
JD
$60
Jonny Nom DeGuerre
27 months ago

Speedy recovery, Doug.

RW
$20
Rich Walwood
27 months ago

Good Luck, Brother!

$100
Stacey Truitt
27 months ago
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