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This fundraiser is to help raise money for expenses and publish a book for a legally blind person with progressive glaucoma.

This fundraiser is to help raise money for expenses and to publish my book.
At 23, I was diagnosed with open-angular glaucoma in August of 1995. I awoke to a piercing and throbbing headache. My eyes began to hurt whenever the lights were on. For two days my vision became worse and I made an appointment to have my eye check. The following day I sat in the doctor office afraid of what he was going to tell but I was hopeful he would say I just I needed a stronger prescription at the worst bifocal. What he did say sent tears down my face. He said I had open angular glaucoma in both eyes. My right eye had nerve damage and severe trauma. He recommended eye drops and to come back in a few weeks. I used my drops as required but my headaches never went away. Three weeks later, I went to my next doctor appointment and learned that the glaucoma had progressed aggressively in my right eye and I needed surgery.
November of 1995, I underwent laser surgery to help control my glaucoma and lower the pressure in my right eye. A few days later, after my bandages were taken off I was unable to see. My ophthalmologist ran test after test. That day I was poked and prodded for hours until the doctor finally said I had lost complete sight in my right eye. The surgery was too late and the damage too severe. I was devastated and depressed. I prayed for strength and guidance, I had a 2yr old son to care for. So, for the next 6 months, I adjusted my lifestyle and even learned how to drive with my vision impairment. For 16yrs I was doing great until February of 2011.
I awoke one morning to total darkness. At first, I thought it was an electrical blackout, but I could vaguely see the red lights of my alarm clock. Fear crept inside me as I believed I had gone completely blind. I prayed and opened my eyes. I could see but everything was somewhat blurry. I got up and got dressed. My vision was a little clearer as I prepared my 4-month old for the sitter across town. After dropping my baby off, I headed for work. As soon as I parked my car, a sharp piercing pain shot through my head as I unconsciously walked into the building. By the time I made it to the 4th floor I couldn’t see anything. I sat at my desk and prayed again. This time it didn’t, I still couldn’t see. I went to a supervisor desk and explained my situation. I voice dialed my sister who took me home. Later that morning a coworker had scheduled me an appointment with an eye specialist. As I sat in my nephew’s car, again fear crept inside me and stayed there until the doctor ran several tests.
He told me my glaucoma had caused damage to my left eye but it was manageable with stronger eye drops. I was over joyed and three days later my vision returned. I was fine again until late February 2012.
I was sitting at my desk at work when pain assailed my head and I could hardly see. I quickly called my doctor who scheduled an appointment for the following day. I sat in the doctor’s office prayerful that my glaucoma hadn’t worsened. The doctor said my glaucoma had caused severe trauma in my left eye and was on the same path as my right eye. I could ultimately be completely blind for the rest of my life. I’m currently on three different medications and my glaucoma is still not under control. I take each day one at a time as I pray continuously.
In my down time I have written a book that I would like to see published before my vision is totally lost. My dream is to actually see my words in print, on book shelves or in eBook format. All of those things can be possible with your kindness and generosity.
Many of you know there is no cure for glaucoma but it can be controlled through regular treatments. I’m single mother of two wonderful sons and I would like to accomplish my dream of being a published author. I thank you for taking the time to read my story. I appreciate any and all of you for the support and most of all the prayers. Miracles do happen!
Feel free to email me @ matlpowell@yahoo.com or call or text me a message 478-461-5910. I’d love to hear from each and every one of you.
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