Apr 26, 2010 - 1:09 am
I was diagnosed with Choroidal Melanoma on my right eye in January 2010, by a Retina Specialist here in Birmingham, AL. It is a rare cancer, only effects 6 in one million people in the US. I was evaluated at the UT Hamilton Eye Care specialist in Memphis, TN, and returned 2 weeks later to have plaque radiation surgery. I had the plaque in my eye for 7 days and had to stay in Memphis. A week later, the plaque was removed, I had a few problems for a couple of weeks, double vision, extremely red eye, pain, and headaches. Two weeks ago I went back for an 8-week checkup. Three days before leaving for Memphis, I lost my eyesight, because of the large tumor size, 10 mm, being thick and the aggressive radiation. I was told by my Doctors that losing my eyesight was possible, but they are just trying to save my life. I am fighting depression, trying to sheild my family from worrys, depth perception, learning just to grocery shop or walk, or drive, with having vision only on one side. I can not work right now, and definately have financial pressures. My youngest daughter is a freshman in college, and is going really well- 4.0 GPA. I also have a son that is an Army Ranger, and has deployed three times. I would love to chat with others, being thrown into the "Cancer Scene" in the last 3 months, that can encourage me,as cancer effects so many. I will NEVER GIVE UP, I am blessed by God who loves me, and He will take me through this. I try to stay positive, and I WILL be a Cancer Survivor. My husband takes me to all of my Doctor appointments, my sister, family and friends love me. I would like to locate others that have experience and help, suggestions, and just be my friends..Thank you!!