Due to Stargardts macular dystrophy my life as a mother has been full of moments that I missed because I could not see. I want to see my children’s eyes light up on Christmas morning or when we take them on vacation I want to see the wonder the eyes of my sons discovering new things for the first time. With my eye disorder I am unable to see faces or read. I can’t see street signs or store signs, so I have to have a guide with me to get around. Someone has to read menus to me at restaurants. I would love to be independent again. I once got off of a train in an unfamiliar city where my mother was supposed to pick me up but my father was in the hospital and she could not get me. I had to get off of the train and board a new city transit train. I was so scared. I did not know where to go, I could not read the signs of which train to get on or the signs on the trains. I wanted to cry and did not know what to do but I finally got someone to help me and I made it to my destination. I never want to feel like that again so I don’t go into new places and I don’t travel alone. With Esight3 I would be able to travel independently without fear.
I used to be a dental hygienist and fine detail work was my profession, but as my vision loss progressed it became harder and harder until I eventually had to give up my career and professional identity. It was very hard to leave my patients and the career I loved. Becoming legally blind I also had to stop driving. This loss of independence was hard to take but missing out on seeing my children grow up has been the hardest. I have been thankful for the sight that I have and the fact that I am not fully blind but it has been difficult to say the least. I live my life with the attitude that my glass is half full and I try to always have a smile on my face. With Esight3 glasses I can see the smiles on others faces too, especially my husband's face and my children’s smiles.
Before my father passed away from cancer, it was his dream to give my vision back to me. With Esight3 glasses I could watch my boys play the sports they, and their grandfather, love and actually see them perform. This is something I have never been able to do. I don’t want to miss out on any more special moments watching my children grow up. My sons also don’t want me to miss out any longer. My 12-year-old son wants me to see so bad that he was doing research at school and he is the one that found Esight3 glasses. He came home and told me about this new technology that could help me see again. I did not believe it at first but these special glasses were made for my specific eye disorder. I spoke with the company and have received a trial pair to use to see if they work. It is a miracle the glasses really do work for me. I put them on and saw my son Hayden’s freckles for the first time, and my son Bransen’s squinty eyes when he smiled. For the first time in their lives I could see their complete faces live as they spoke to me and smiled as I said, “I can see you.” I don’t want to give up the glasses now that I know they can make such a difference in the quality of my life. Kids grow up so fast and I don’t want to miss another moment. The glasses are $10,000.00. With your help I can have the life I have only dreamed of.
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