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AMD will change your life…

But it’s not ending your life. The SupportSight Foundation is all about helping people who can’t see. Losing your vision when you have MacD changes your life forever. TSSF is there for you, your caregivers, and loved ones to help understand this blinding disease and live more independently.

You have AMD

Living with macular degeneration can be a journey marked by both resilience and adaptation. For those diagnosed with this condition, every day can bring a mix of challenges and triumphs. The gradual loss of central vision can profoundly impact daily life, making once-simple tasks like reading, driving, or even recognizing faces increasingly difficult. Simple pleasures, like enjoying a beautiful sunset or reading a favorite book, may become elusive. Frustration and a sense of loss are common companions, as individuals grapple with the realization that their vision is not what it once was. Yet, amidst the struggle, there is often a remarkable display of resilience and determination. Many individuals with macular degeneration find ways to adapt, embracing low vision aids, learning new techniques, and finding joy in alternative activities. Despite the obstacles, they continue to navigate the world with courage and grace, refusing to let their condition define them.

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A conversation about maintaining a positive attitude with MacD, especially during pandemic times. Dawn shares tips, such as creating a gratitude or joy list, to assist with sustaining a healthy mindset.

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Special guest Richard Tapping, Vice President of Vispero, talks about Assistive Technology and the benefits of using magnification devices. 

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Dawn Prall discusses how diet and healthy eating are critical to living with macular degeneration but also shares a number of resources and tips on foods that are eye healthy.

FAQs About Macular Degeneration

You care for someone with AMD

Being a caregiver for someone with macular degeneration can be both rewarding and challenging. It involves providing physical assistance, emotional support, and practical help to ensure the well-being and independence of a loved one facing vision loss. Caregivers witness firsthand the impact of macular degeneration on their loved one’s life, from the frustration of struggling with daily tasks to the moments of triumph when they find new ways to overcome obstacles. It requires patience, empathy, and a willingness to adapt to the changing needs of the person they care for. While caregiving can be emotionally demanding at times, it also offers opportunities for deep connection and intimacy. Caregivers often find fulfillment in knowing that they are making a meaningful difference in their loved one’s life, providing the support and encouragement needed to navigate the challenges of living with macular degeneration. Through their compassion and dedication, caregivers play a vital role in helping their loved ones maintain dignity, independence, and quality of life despite vision loss.

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Cassidy talks about growing up with a father, uncle and aunt with macular degeneration. 

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George and Cordelia Peters, a couple who have been married for 45 years and have learned to succeed with George’s low vision.

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This includes finding the right information centers, support systems, and strategies to navigate life with vision loss. 

“Caregiving is a profound act of love and strength. In supporting someone with macular degeneration, you are not only helping them navigate their journey, but you are also empowering them to live their life with dignity and independence despite the challenges they face.”