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THE MACULAR
DEGENERATION COMMUNITY

Cora
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Name
Cora Neill

Born
12/11/1939

Home
Castalia, Ohio

Diagnosis
wet md right eye, dry md left eye

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Brown

Age at Diagnosis
63

Visual Acuity
Not good

Treatment
1 hot laser treatment that took central vision in right eye and 5 PDT treatment also in right eye. 2 Avastin shots in left eye. After that eye went wet after cataract surgery it is now 20/25 and holding.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
My eyes have stayed the same since January 2008. My doctor calls me his success case.

Family History
I believe my mother had this, because after she passed in 1996 I came across papers showing she was seeing a retinal Doctor in Toledo, Ohio, and she used a magnifier when she read. But I never heard of Macular Degeneration until I was diagnosed.

Impact on My Life
At first, this was just devastating to me. I cried a lot, as I have always said the one thing I couldn't handle was losing my sight. I have always been an avid reader, craft and sewed a lot. I don't sew or do crafts, but I still read.

Positive Effects
I am more appreciative of what I can do. I enjoy everything I am able to do. I try to take better care of myself so I will be here for my family.

Adaptations
I use the spectrum lighting and magnifiers a lot.

Working
I am retired.

More About Me
I married my high school sweetheart on 2/14/98. I have had 5 children, 2 of them are deceased. I adopted and raised 1 grandaughter from age 2. She is 29 now with 2 daughters of her own. I have 7 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Tom & I love to travel. We drove cross country and have been on 2 cruises. We bought property and built our home and a pole barn on it. The house isn't finished. We have trim we work on, but in October of 08 Tom had back surgery and a couple hours after surgery he had a spinal cord stoke that paralyzed him from the neck down. He has gained a lot back, but still has limited use from waist down and is in a motorized wheel chair. So we have slowed down some. I have to do all the driving now, which he always did, but we are hopeful he will drive again one day. We are thankful that we have each other and don't take life for granted. God has been there for everyday. He gives us the strength to keep going, and we will never give up.