Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sometimes we inherit things we'd rather not have

Hi Everyone,

As you may know, based on the history I've shared about my paternal grandmother Anne Magee Geraghty, close to the end of her life, and as a result of diabetes, Anne was blind. While I count myself very fortunate for not having inherited diabetes, recently I received a diagnosis from my ophthamologist which indicated that if I did not have surgery I was in danger of losing my eyesight. In addition to being researchers, many of us are writers and photographers, and our eyesight is so very important to us. Honestly, because I had lost my dad to cancer I thought that I might have to face something like that at some point, but I never imagined that I could lose my eyesight. Every day since my diagnosis I have found myself staring at the most mundane things wondering what it would be like if I could no longer see, and truth be told, it terrifies me.

Yesterday I asked Carol at Reflections from the Fence if she would include me in her prayers. Of course she said yes, and, while respecting my desire for anonymity at that time, invited others to join in. I have never met Carol in person, but I can honestly say I love her for her generosity and positive attitude about everything she faces in life. I am so grateful for these prayers that I do not have the words to adequately express my gratitude to you for them. Thank You seems so inadequate, but I Thank You so very much.

This morning I met with a second specialist for a second opinion, and although the outcome is the same and I still must have the procedure (it's now scheduled for July 5), I feel more comfortable with this physician, and know that I am going to get the best possible outcome he can give me.

If anything good can come out of this it is to encourage everyone to have an eye exam. I'd never had any sort of trouble with my vision, other than the typical reading glasses that came along once I hit my late thirties, so I encourage everyone to visit their eye doctor just to make sure things are okay. There's no certainty about what's ahead for me, just as I guess there's no certainty for any of us, but I'm going to stay positive, and keep looking at and taking in everything this wonderful world has to offer.

Cheers! Jennifer

29 comments:

  1. Jennifer - I read Carol's post yesterday...my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I believe that God can heal...I will continue to pray for healing and for strength for you and your family. Please keep us posted as you feel up to it.

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  2. I was busy keeping this "someone" in my thoughts and prayers thanks to Carol's prompting - little did I know it was you or that we would share a similar issue.

    You are right - eyesight is not to be taken for granted. I am so lucky that years ago a simple eye exam found a trace of macular degeneration in my right eye. Now I know what to look for if the problem progresses.

    Knowing is far better than not knowing. I hope your procedure goes well in July!

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  3. Jennifer,
    Stay strong, stay positive and please keep us posted. Last year I went thru a breast cancer scare and things like this do have a habit of "waking you up!" I was blessed - it turned out to be a false alarm.
    I'll keep you in my prayers as you face this ordeal.

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  4. THANK YOU MARY, AND THOMAS, AND OUR FRIEND, Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. You are so right Thomas knowing is better than not, and it has awakened me to a new sense of 'seeing', of being fully awake to my world. Thank you. I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful spring day! Cheers! Jennifer

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  5. P.S. Thomas, the Geneabloggers carry bag I ordered arrived in the mail today. I absolutely love it! It will be perfect for carrying books. J.

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  6. I am so blessed to have been able to given you a bit of positive energy the last day or so. I am sooooo sooooo glad you wrote and asked for prayers.

    Bout this positive attitude I am supposed to possess, well, ya and no, there are some days, when the angst over "stuff", health issues, family issues, etc, are so over whelming that any number of my friends might disagree with you on that positive thing! LOL

    One day our GeneaBlogger leader, Thomas, shared with me his mother's take on lemons and lemonade, as I really do try to find the lemonade (or the lesson) in so many of life's trials. Her version of lemonade from lemons, really is so great:

    "When you are handed lemons, make grape juice. It will confuse the hell out of people."

    Thomas thank you again for those words of wisdom and humor, I have read them over and over again, they make me smile, and push me forward on my bad days.

    We all have em Jennifer, really snarly bad days, but your wisdom to not try to travel alone, very very wise my Irish one!

    Remember, consider yourself sufficiently hugged!

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  7. THANK YOU CAROL!!! I will be swimming in grape juice for the next while! I Love it! Consider yourself sufficiently hugged back. J.

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  8. Thoughts and prayers are with you! Be strong and think positive!

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  9. I will pray that God will guide the skilled hands of the surgeon and that He will give you the strength and support you need as you face this life challenge.

    One of my favorite quotes is by Helen Keller - she said:
    "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

    Remember your Geneablogger friends are here and willing to help you take this walk - you are not alone.

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  10. Thank You Cheryl and Terri. THANK YOU! I really appreciate your positive thoughts! Cheers! Jennifer

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  11. I read Carol's post and sent positive thoughts to "the recipient" - I have the same fear, having had poor sight since childhood (chronic short-sight) but have always been thankful that it can be corrected, up to a point, and go for eye exams yearly. Sending you lots of positive thoughts, Jo :-)

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  12. Thanks Jo, THANK YOU for your positive thought! Cheers! Jennifer

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  13. Positive thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. May God grant you peace throughout this procedure.

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  14. THANK YOU! Brenda for your kindness. Cheers! Jennifer

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  15. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and please keep us updated. You have reminded me that I too need to get my eyes checked. I have also thought many times about the possibility of losing eyesight as my mother had glaucoma as did her father. I have not had an exam in 3 years which is really not smart considering my background. I am on two prayer lists and I will include your name in those and those people who also belong will gladly pray for you. God bless you and keep you!! With so many people praying the Lord can't help but hear. (even though I already know he hears the smallest single voice!)

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  16. THANK YOU! Lisa for your prayers. I really appreciate them. Make your eye appointment soon please. Cheers! Jennifer

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  17. Jennifer, you have been in my thoughts and prayers since I read Carol's post last night. At that time, I was checking my reader from my phone, and was unable to make a comment, so I'm so glad you "revealed" yourself today, so that I could leave you a few words. My maternal grandmother also went blind (from glaucoma) before she left us, so I understand about living with that awareness. So far, so good for me (other than being near-sited). I'm ever so grateful for that, since I do suffer from a number of other health issues.

    I will continue to keep you in my prayers, and will be thinking of you on July 5th.

    Trust God.

    Renate

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  18. I'm another person who left a prayer for you with Carol. Boy, I can relate too, as I was diagnosed with macular degeneration, four years ago, but I can see, however poorly. You were so smart to have a second opinion, and you are lucky to be able to have surgery, we will all pray for a quick recovery. My very best to you.

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  19. Will keep the prayers coming. And this is a good reminder to me to schedule my annual eye exam, so I thank you for that.

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  20. Jennifer,
    I'll keep those prayers and good thoughts coming
    towards you as long as they are needed.Stay strong and stay positive!

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  21. THANK YOU!!! Renate, Barbara, Greta, and Bill! THANK YOU! I am overwhelmed by all of your kind thoughts and prayers, and I am wishing all good things for each of you. I am overwhelmed by all of the thoughts I have received, and I am so grateful. I shall never be able to adequately express my gratitude to all of you, and to dear Carol. As always, I hope the sun is shining in your world, even if it is evening time. Cheers! Jennifer

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  22. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you prepare for your surgery. I am confident that you will have a positive outcome. Keep the faith.

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  23. THANK YOU Lindalee. THANK YOU! I will keep the faith. Cheers! Jennifer

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  24. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  25. THANK YOU! Linda, so very much. Cheers! Jennifer

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  26. It was a very good thing to get a second opinion. I am a RN and if you are unsure a second opinion is a must.

    Hope all goes well

    Claudia

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  27. My thoughts and prayers are with you also. Stay strong and know that we are all praying for you.

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  28. My thoughts are with you. Geneabloggers are a huge supportive family. We're here if you need us. Stay strong!

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  29. Claudia, Debbie, and Amy THANK YOU so much. I really appreciate the support! Jennifer

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Cheers, Jennifer

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