Losing My Eyesight Opened My Eyes to True Beauty

While our country was dealing with prolonged lockdowns and uncertainty due to COVID-19 in the summer of 2020, I was in and out of the hospital for multiple, unrelated health issues. It all began with an emergency gallbladder surgery at the end of May, but my health crises quickly became more serious.

I had begun having eyesight problems in early 2019, though it wasn’t until the summer of 2020 that it became clear that I was slowly (and then not so slowly) losing my eyesight. As the months passed, my eyesight began to dim. By mid-June, I could no longer drive safely. In early July I couldn’t see properly out of my right eye. August rolled by, and I couldn’t see or read anything for more than a couple of minutes at a time. By September, I couldn’t see anything out of my right eye—it was completely black—and my left eye was quickly headed the same way.