Do you know about the survey that found people are more afraid of going blind than almost anything else? That if they could, they’d trade off years of life in return for keeping their sight?
Jackie understands. At age 58, her doctor told her, “You’ll be blind in 5 years. You have macular degeneration just like your mom. ” She’s a teacher and can’t afford to lose her sight and she was angry. “You can’t tell me I’m going to go blind and then send me out the door without any information or any guidance!”
So, she did some research herself and found the Macular Degeneration Partnership (MDP).
After talking to our one on one counselor at MDP, she understands that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes central vision loss, not complete blindness. She also learned the healthy habits that may slow down the progression of the disease. And now that she’s signed up for the free AMD Update e-newsletter, she has a reliable source for the latest in research and treatments.
“You saved my life that day.” she says. “I felt my world had come crashing down. Now I feel that a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Thank you for spending so much time on the phone with me, answering my questions.”
Thousands of people with AMD – and their family and caregivers – have found help and hope at the Macular Degeneration Partnership because of your donations.
If you call our toll-free “warm line”, you are able to talk to a caring professional who can answer your questions and direct you to resources near your home. You can sign up for the monthly email newsletter to stay on top of the latest in research. Attend a support group. Get an AMD Toolkit. Visit the website, AMD.org, to read about the tests your doctors performs, find a clinical trial and learn about low vision rehabilitation.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we take this opportunity to thank YOU for your support. You have helped people like Jackie find hope, information, and tools for living successfully with macular degeneration. For her, and thousands more, your gift has meant so much. Thank you.