Meet Betty Ann Baker

Betty Ann Baker

Diagnosed with Intermediate Stage Wet AMD: 2003

Her story...

“I was driving home from a charity event one night when the vision in my right eye became blurry,” Betty recalls. “As much as I rubbed it, the blurriness didn’t clear. Days later, I saw an eye doctor and was told I had dry AMD in my left eye and wet AMD in my right eye. When I found out I had AMD and that there was a chance that my vision could worsen over time, I felt worried and depressed that I wouldn’t be able to do all of the things that I enjoyed doing.”

Betty’s career has always been very important to her and she has always enjoyed doing her work. She also sings in a band and has been musical her entire life, so she was full of questions and as much as she hoped to come up with the answers, she just couldn’t. Fortunately, she was able to contact CNIB shortly after her diagnosis and thanks to their help she’s back in the ‘groove’, feeling more like she used to.

In Betty’s words

My challenges . . .

“Dealing with the rollercoaster ride of emotions after my diagnosis was the most challenging, as I tried but couldn’t come up with answers to how I could live with my vision loss.”

My greatest source of strength. . .

“My family, friends, co-workers and employer have banded together to offer me their support since they found out about my AMD. They try to help as much as possible and I truly appreciate it. My son and I have always been very close and since my diagnosis, we’ve become even closer.”

How CNIB helped me. . .

“Aside from informing me about products that could help enhance my sight, CNIB provided me with emotional counseling when I was first told I had AMD. They helped me get past my rollercoaster ride of emotions and I’m much better because of it. Also, I’ve learned many “tricks of the trade,” such as turning my back to the light so that I can see more clearly. This is a technique I often use at work as well. I can’t tell you just how important CNIB has been to my life.”

My advice to you . . .

“I would encourage people to contact CNIB. They were there for me and it changed my life. Also, it’s important to realize that just because you have AMD, doesn’t mean that life is over. It’s okay to go through a grieving process; but you’ve got to give your head a shake. Every day brings new hope and information and support, which gives you the control you need, so stay informed and take control of your life.”

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