Finding My Stride

By: Kimber Lee Empson As told to: Dan Roberts, Founding Director Macular Degeneration Support Sixteen-year-old Kimber Lee was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at the age of eleven. Now preparing to enter college, she tells about living with visual impairment through her important formative years as a teenager. With uncommon candor, she relates her feelings, her [Read More]


by Sharon Noseworthy This dramatic essay was written by Sharon soon after her diagnosis of macular degeneration. It is representative of the initial stage of grief which many people enter upon hearing that they are losing their vision, and it is published here with her permission so that others may realize that they are not [Read More]

Catching The Big One

by Dan Roberts When Harold was twelve, he rarely thought about The Big One. He would leap from high places, race his Schwinn over steep ramps, play with fire, and defy The Big One with all other manner of bravado. Then, one especially exuberant day, sporting a Superman cape made from his mother’s Christmas table cloth, Harold flew blindly [Read More]

Blessings On My Path

by Beverly Castellini Submitted by Mike Goldberg Rehabilitation Counselor Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired Beverly is a sixty-nine year old woman who now lives in the family homestead in Hartland, Vermont. In the mid 1960’s, she and her husband, George, built their home on property which her ancestors purchased in this rural [Read More]