How Copeable Are You?
From The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration
(author: Daniel L. Roberts (Da Capo Press; August 29, 2006)
Copeability is something everyone needs at some time or another in the course of life, particularly when experiencing loss of eyesight. It is something deep inside that waits until it is needed. When summoned, it rises to the surface, ready to offer comfort in the knowledge that everything will be all right.
But what is it? Is it part of the original human hardware, or does it need to be built? If it needs to be built, then what materials are required?
Some people seem to be born with copeability. Compare different babies. Some of them just deal with the stresses of life as a newborn. No one shows them how, they just do it. Most babies, however, melt down several times a day for no discernible reason. They are fragile, insecure little eggs, and their emotional insides are easily scrambled.
Some emotionally labile people survive through adulthood by depending upon family and friends for support. That may be good in the short term, but most people manage to eventually slap together their own specially-designed cope-abilities using materials gathered from living the greater part of a life.
Your Copeability Strengths
Below is a list of thirty such materials which have proven to be highly durable by those who are walking the AMD road. Discover your copeability level by counting those habits which you practice on a regular basis.
Your copeability score:
30/30: You should think about starting a talk show. The world needs to learn from you.
22-29: You will be successful at this low vision thing. Congratulations!!
15-21: You will do fine if you can raise your score as soon as possible. Make that your most immediate goal.
8-14: You have some work to do. Start with the easiest to change, then build on those successes.
0-7: You are as delicate as an egg shell. Hopefully, this book will give you the strength you need to cope with the challenges of AMD. If you cannot get your score up to at least 20, please consider talking to someone who can help you sort out your thoughts and the direction you want to take.