My sister, Linda, is legally blind. It wasn't until she was in second grade that the teacher told our Mom that Linda was not doing well in school. Mom had Linda's eyes tested and they found her vision to be very bad. She wore glasses for a while and then went to contact lenses.
Our oldest brother, Dan, who died six months ago, paid for Linda's trip to see doctors at the John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, MD, 35 years ago in hopes the doctors could find a way to improve Linda's vision. But, the doctors said there was nothing they could do as she had optic nerve damage. No one could tell us for sure if this was caused from the blood transfusion she had as an infant or if she was born with bad vision. Sweet Linda was okay with that. She said at least we tried.
She was told that she is legally blind. Click here to read more about legally blind and test your vision on the two photo charts provided.
Now at the age of 66, Linda's vision is not good at all. Linda now lives with our younger sister, Avis. Avis is her caretaker.
The two youngest sisters, Linda (66) and Avis (65)
Linda has the best outlook on life. She says, "one day I will see all the beautiful colors of God's creations." Linda is able to walk by herself, but most of the time Avis is with her. They are very close and very fortunate to have each other.
I think about Linda often and I pray daily for her and my entire family. The little things we take for granted like seeing our sweet nieces and nephews, their beautiful faces and smiles, the beautiful Fall colors, seeing the snow fall, sunsets and sunrises, etc.
Linda can see things up close now, but one day she will be completely blind. I think...no, I know.... she is okay with that because of her strong faith in God... she knows she will see again not here on earth but in Heaven with her Heavenly Father.
Five months ago, Linda had a stroke, and her speech was impaired as was her walking. She wasn't about to let a stroke keep her down. She went to rehab and was home in three weeks doing so well and her speech has improved to almost normal now. Linda has the Vasvary will power and yes, stubbornness. (Never lose hope, be persistent and stubborn and never give up.... is what Linda lives by)
So, this post is not only how grateful I am to have good vision, it is also how grateful I am to have a sister like Linda. She is not bitter because of this disability, she has a strong will, loves life and is happy. She truly is a blessing and I am so thankful to have her as a sister. I love you Linda and my other five sisters (Avis, Alice, Myrlon, Brenda and Betty) as well.
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