Matthew & Josh Lipsey
Matthew: February 16, 1997
Josh: March 16, 2000
Owing Mills, Maryland
Age at Diagnosis
Josh: 3 (by DNA test)
Nothing available yet, but our Mom is looking forward to the day gene therapy will restore our vision.
Prognosis or Current State of
Since we inherited the same gene mutation, our vision will probably end up the same.
We are the only ones we know of in our family. Our little sister was tested, too, but she doesn't have the disease.
Impact on My Life
Matthew: It's really hard to watch tv and read. I don't enjoy reading books like I used to. I listen to books on tape now. I hope I can drive one day.
Josh: It's starting to affect my life. Watching tv and reading are hard. I will start working with my brother's teacher of the visually impaired very soon.
We are learning braille, so we will be multi-lingual.
Matthew: I use the Flipper, dome magnifier, monocular, braille, keyboarding and zoomtext. I get all my tests in large print, too.
Josh: I will learn zoomtext, braille, and keyboarding in school with my TVI. I will also start using a dome magnifier, monocular and Flipper.
Matthew: Nothing yet, but I want to be a doctor.
Josh: None - I'm only 7!!
More About Me
We love each other and our little sister, Emily. Matthew likes to rock climb and play all sports, especially baseball, basketball and football. Josh likes to rock climb and do karate.
Here are links to a 10/07 newspaper article about Matthew
at space camp and an essay he wrote:
Matthew's new glasses