13 July 1994
Charleston, South Carolina
Age at Diagnosis
At this time taking Eniva's VIBE Original and Efacor Omega 3. I am going to see about ECHO treatments.
Current state is 20/200 with no loss of color or contrast in both eyes. I am hoping for improvement with ECHO treatment.
No known history paternally. Both maternal grandparents have ARMD - Grandfather has ARMD, Grandmother has wet MD. One sibling with ambliopia in right eye.
Impact On Your Life
Since being diagnosed with Stargardt's I have been challenged with the knowlege I may not be able to drive a car, unless I move to a state that will allow me to work with bioptic driving devices. I am embarrassed and afraid to use my magnification devices at school, because I feel like my peers won't understand. My parents are helping me through this, and so are my teachers. I moved out of a large high school, and I am going to a small private school where the surroundings will be better for me to use my devices without much problem. It has only been 6 months since my diagnosis, so this is all so new.
Since my diagnosis, I have realized how much my parents love me and want the very best for me. I have also learned I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength (Phil. 4:13).