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Patti


 

Name
Patti Funderburk

Born
September 2, 1952

Home
Vancouver, Washington

Diagnosis
Stargardt's Disease

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Blue

Age at Diagnosis
30

Visual Acuity
Legally Blind - 20/200 (Left) - 20/400 (Right). Some days are worse than others.

Treatment
None, but taking multiple vitamins, Lutien, Vitamin E, and soon Zeaxanthin.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Loss of central vision is already quite evident.

Family History
None.

Impact on My Life
Total turn around, but I love life like I never had before. I enjoy each day to its fullest. I still get down from time to time, but I ask God to help me find 3 positives, and then I am out of my pity party.

Positive Effects
I enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Adaptations
Gave up car a little over a year ago. I use a CCTV and magnifiers, plus other people's eyes.

Working
No. I gave it up to enjoy the sight I have left. I will always have side vision.

More About Me
I love to challenge my sight, but doing things people say I cannot do like floral design, painting and designing flower pots, crafts of various kinds, etc. It takes me longer, but I feel rewarded when I am done. I also run a support group and enjoy my four grandchildren tremendously!