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Seeing Clearly | Alzheimer’s in the First Person | Barbara Taylor VaughanWell, GOD has been answering lots of my prayers lately. You know that saying, “Be careful for what you pray for?”
Missy took me back to the doctor this morning, they told her I am blind in one eye, and it can not be corrected. It is some type of eye degeneration or such, I cant remember exactly. I just laughed to myself and thought, “Thank you GOD, thank you for making me blind in one eye.” I think you are probably reading this and thinking, “Well, it’s finally happened, [she's having] an Alzheimer’s day.”
Well, let me tell you a little story. About a year ago Missy woke up one morning and could not see out of one eye, she was blind. She had to go to the emergencey room. It was a condition caused by MS. The doctors said her optic nerve or something was damaged by the MS and her sight might not return. She came home that night so upset, but laughed at my jokes of getting her different colored eye patches.
I prayed to GOD, “Please, please, I am an old woman. I have had a wonderful wonderful life. I am not questioning you GOD, but just asking you to change your mind, take my eye. You say an eye for an eye, why not in this case?”
About 10 days later, Missy’s sight came back. I was so happy that night that I reminded GOD, “I can still see. how come I can still see?”…So now a year later, I think GOD remembered. Today when they told me I was blind in one eye, it kinda tickled me, I thought GOD is listening to this old woman, Alzheimer’s and all.
Hecky, blind, that’s ok, I still have the other eye, and I still have Missy who can see for both of us.
Have a good day. Look around you, be thankful for what you have. And look around and SEE what you can do for someone else. See you later buddies.
___________________________________About the Author: Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. She started a Facebook page to help chronicle her illness and put a face on Alzheimer's. Barbara hopes educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, families, caregivers. Her relationship with her daughter and caregiver, Missy, and her compassion and humor are inspirational. You can subscribe to her on Facebook where she has opened her page to offering advice to your questions about life and living with Alzheimer's "from a little old lady."
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Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Barbara and Melissa Vaughan are putting a face on the disease by chronicling Barbara's illness. Melissa, living with Multiple Sclerosis, is Barbara's daughter and caregiver.
They hope educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, thier families and caregivers. Barbara and Melissa's relationship, compassion and humor are inspirational.
We love them and thank them for their humanity and generosity of spirit.
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