May 21, 2011 - 8:07 am
Hi, I am 24yrs old and was diagnosed and lost my eye within a month last year with Choridal Melanoma. I had never heard of such a thing before it happened to me and that makes me angry. I had never been an angry person up until then. June 2010 is when my vision in my right eye went blury. I hadnt been to the eye dac in 3 yrs at that time due to lack of money and time. I know excuses excuses, we all have them. Well to make that long story short a massive amount of appointments later it was determined that my Choroidal Melanoma was 1 and a half mm big and my option was radiation or enucleation. Now the kicker was that I was 11weeks pregnant at diagnosis. So I had decisions to make according to my doctor. Abortion "which by the way I was STRONGLY against." Radiation, which could harm my son, or chance enucleation which my son may not survive because he was so early in the pregnancy. I chose enucleation. My vision was already blurred and if I had radiation my baby could be harmed. Also according to the doc id have to be seen every 3 months for the rest of my life for radiation and I would lose my eye sight completes because of radiation in a few years anyway. Yeah, so I picked eye removal. It's coming up on a year on July 8th since my eye removal and I still struggle. My son is now 6 months old and my Prosthetic looks great. I see an eye doctor regularly because I was recently diagnosed with Glaucoma in my left eye and am losing sight there as well. I also see an oncologist. Phew.....Anyways, I wanted to tell my story. I have a battle going on inside me. I wake up every day scared that I'll either go fully blind, or they will find more Melanoma. I dont know. Im to blind to drive and can barely see a thing. 24 and I feel useless.