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Sometimes a better door opens when one closes

Have you ever had one door close in your life, but also another one open? I most certainly have. I've never really thought about how blessed we humans are until one winter day in 2009. We are all blessed with sight, smell, taste, touch and emotions. Well, what happens when you learn you are losing one of those blessings?

This is my story. My father was diagnosed with a rare eye disease, called autosomal dominant optic atrophy. He was diagnosed with this disease around July 2006. This disease causes your optic nerve to slowly die, causing you to lose your sight. The eye doctors told my dad he would never be allowed to work or drive again. This very well did alter my family, and me. My father also took this very hard. It changed his life in many ways, both positive and negative.

In November 2009, my doctors started seeing a difference in my vision. They sent me to about four different eye doctors to try and solve what might be the complication. The last eye doctor I went to immediately said, "We have a problem." He sent me straight to Emory University in Atlanta. They ran a bunch of tests on me to try and figure the problem out. They were certain I had the same eye disease as my dad. When I found this out, all I could do was break down inside and cry. It felt like my heart collapsed right out of my chest! My face was as red as a cherry, along with the nauseating feeling I had. These feelings were certainly feelings I've never felt in my life! All I could think about was "what am I going to do when I can't drive?" "How am I going to grow up and get a job?" "Are people still going to treat me the same?" The whole time I was thinking negative thoughts I never thought about the positive outcomes of this.

The doctors told me the eye disease has not fully taken effect yet. I'm OK as of now, my vision was right at being able to get my license! Hopefully the doctors can try and prevent my vision from becoming as bad as my dad's is. I was so upset about this horrible news, I didn't even think about the new opportunities that might have been opened for me! New opportunities to share my story, to share my feelings and emotions. This whole experience has made me see life and how valuable things are in life. How we need to be thankful for each and every gift God has blessed us with. It has taught my daddy, my family and me all to see the world differently, be thankful for the things we did have, the time we had them, and also for the things we still have. Never think just because one door had closed, a better one hasn't opened! Be faithful in God, he will never let you fall. ("When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." --Helen Keller)

Web posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011

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