I was diagnosed with Coats’ Disease at the age of two in 1997. After a long time of being unwell, various doctors saying different things, and a noticeable glare on photos in my left eye, my parents took me to Queens Medical Centre to seek answers. Within hours, my parents were told I had Coats’ Disease in my left eye and it was unsuccessful to save the eye.
I cannot myself remember the pain or experiencing the aftermath of losing my eye. I grew up always knowing no different than having one eye. I faced comments throughout my school years, but it has made me stronger and gave me more reason to not to be ashamed! I feel it has made me the person I am today and have learned to embrace it, knowing I’ll never have two eyes. I have become more confident over the years and now finally don’t feel the need to cover it away – I am proud of what I look like!
I support this foundation and I am here for any victims of the horrible disease!