Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One Year Ago Today

Today is my deceased mother's birthday, but that's not why I remember today.

Today is the date that a beloved uncle of mine died, but that's not why I remember today.

Today I am so grateful. One year ago today I got a diagnosis of macular degeneration and thought I was losing my eyesight. I lived with this diagnosis for two months, until March 15th, when I got a second opinion from an expert in macular degeneration and found out I was fine. It ended up that I had several eye problems, but none of them that would cause blindness in the near future. These eye problems perfectly mimicked macular degeneration when seen by a general ophthalmologist who would not have all of the specialized equipment of a specialist.

I can see!

Those of you who are reading this normally can also see, and it is a blessed gift. Today, celebrate with me, and please grateful for the wondrous gift of sight!


couragetocreatewriteandlove said...

yes yes yes !
i love celebrations
and i am happy to know you are fine and healthy
love that picture Olivia

patti said...

Sight, so precious! Definitely worth a celebration!

Olivia said...

YAY, Carmen, thanks...this is the view walking down my driveway.

Amen, Patti. Wouldn't it be great to just have a "Celebrate That I Can See!" day? Let's make it today :)

Love to you both, ladies, xoO

laundrygirl said...

Cheers! I have overwhelming gratitude for you and for the ability to see, to sense and to experience beauty on many levels!

Olivia said...

Thank you Kristine! Ahhh, what I have in my life because I can see! Thank you for celebrating with me, xoO

Kim Mailhot said...

Thank God for your sight ! And all the other wonderful gifts that you have.
Sending hugs and lots of love !

Olivia said...

Thank you Kim! And yours too. Without it you would not find all of those sweet rocks...and be able to share your Big Love in the same way with everyone (including me!). Thank you, my dear, xoO

kate i said...

Sight is so precious but like most of our body parts, it's something we take for granted until we're "reminded" by the possibility of loss or illness that our body is a beautiful, beautiful gift. The reminders are scary but the nudge to be aware is a gift in itself. I'm so very glad that your sight wasn't compromised Olivia.

Olivia said...

Thank you, kate. I know that it is really impossible to rate one part of our body more important than another, but my eyesight is SO important to me, and I do believe it's the part I'd least like to lose. I am so very, very grateful for it. Today. Every single day.

And the truth is that loss and illness are always is so fragile. We forget and get caught up in non-essentials, don't we?

It's good to "see" you here today, kate ♥ xoO

CrystalChick said...

Happy to celebrate with you! :)

Olivia said...

Thanks so much, MC, my friend! Let's hold this thought in mind all day, "I'm grateful to be able to see!" xoO