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Dr Mary
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Give the Gift of Sight!

Let’s keep the momentum going and help me give the gift of sight to someone else!

In 1997 while I was a fourth-year medical student, I was diagnosed with bilateral optic neuritis when I had dizziness, double vision and eye pain. Throughout my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, I had recurring episodes, and each subsequent episode led to further deterioration of my vision.

My loss of depth perception, ongoing blurred vision and areas of visual field loss finally led me to the decision to let go of my dream of being a doctor for the safety of my patients.

I have been legally blind since 2003 and experienced several years in which I completely lost my sight. I went to the North Carolina Vocational School for the Blind, where I learned Braille, assistive technology and independent daily living skills.

I also obtained a dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind. Lucy is my second dog, and we have been together for 9 years. I would not be as mobile, confident or free to enjoy the life I do have without her.

Not practicing medicine was devastating and completely changed the future I had seen for myself —my whole life was completely turned upside-down. Every day challenges me to grow on some level I never knew existed.

My vision loss prevents me from reading print and seeing the details of faces, including my own. I can’t see my toothbrush to apply toothpaste, the colors of my clothes or the beauty of my rose bushes. Remote controls, keys on the piano and pencil sketches have eluded me for years.

Every time I travel, someone must describe the view to me. Can you imagine not being able to see the vibrant fall colors in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the breaching of humpback whales in Alaska, the blue waters of the Caribbean or the redwood forests of California?

In April 2018, I finally found the courage to try on a pair of eSight electronic glasses at the NC Lions MD 31 State Convention. The glasses house a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything you’re looking at and shows it on two, near-to-your-eye displays. Medical algorithms enhance the footage so you can see in real-time. These glasses restored some of my remaining residual vision.

There are no words to describe how I felt when I saw the face of my beloved family and friends and the beautiful, soulful eyes of Lucy for the first time! My heart has been flowing over since that moment, and my mind has been exploding with the potential the future holds.

With my eSight glasses, I will be able to see the faces of my family, including nieces and nephews whom I have never seen. I can explore the world and take in the beauty of my surroundings with my own eyes. 

I received my eSight3 glasses on June 8, 2018 thank you to family , friends and individuals from around the world.  Now I am on a mission to share the gift of sight with as many visually impaired individuals as I can.  By the end on June 2019 I will have evaluated over 450 visually impaired individuals and that is just the beginning!  Many have asked if I will return to practicing medicine. My answer - I am bringing new life to those who are visually impaired by sharing the gift of sight. I will continue my volunteer work as a member of the Lions Club International doing what Helen Keller asked the Lions to do — be Knights for the Blind. 

Help me pursue my new passion and give the gift of sight to as many people as possible.  These glasses now cost $7,450.  Let’s join together and making seeing a reality for as many people as possible!  All additional funds raised will be paid forward to change as many lives as possible.

Please help me grant the gift of sight to someone else whether you can give $1 or $1,000! And please forward this link to three friends and ask them to forward it three or more friends.  Go to the Donate button on the top bar to give someone their sight!.  

 

 


 

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