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THE MACULAR
DEGENERATION COMMUNITY

Jude


 

Name
Jude Dukes

Born
08/28/1963

Home
Gainesville, Fl

Diagnosis
Stargardt disease

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Light Brown

Age at Diagnosis
Late thirties

Acuity
Getting worse.

Treatment
Glasses for now.

Prognosis
Definite change in vision and starting to progress more rapidly. Losing central vision, but still able to drive and such. Reading a book is getting more and more difficult.

Impact On Your Life
I love to read, and this is getting harder to do. I can adjust the setting somewhat on the computer. I can still drive at this point and get around. I love to knit and crochet and sew and such. I love to play with my grandchild and my dogs. It saddens me to think what if I can't see that beautiful little face anymore? Who is going to take care of me?

Positive Effects
Not much positive about it.

Employment
I've been a nurse for 30 years, and I can't read the tiny print on the labels anymore. I'm scared. I've gone into home nursing, which is less stressful, but an extreme cut in pay.

More About Me
I go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays. like to sing. I play the violin, banjo, guitar,cello and mandolin. Very friendly by nature. I like to make new friends. Don't drink or smoke. I would love to hear from others, as would my sisters.