​Meet Shirley Thomson

Shirley Thomson

Diagnosed with Early Stage Wet AMD: 2009

Her story...

For Shirley, it wasn’t easy finding out that she had AMD; but now, she realizes that it’s important to keep moving forward with life and the things that she enjoys. She makes a conscious effort to get out, stay active and socialize. She has belonged to a luncheon and a dinner group for 30 years and she also plays bridge regularly.

In Shirley’s words

My challenges . . .

Recently, I noticed that my left eye wasn’t working as well as my right eye. As it got worse, I knew it was time to see an eye doctor. A few tests later, I was told I had wet AMD in my left eye and that I would need to start treatment that very day.

My greatest source of strength . . .

My family and friends have always been a great support system for me. Both my husband and son help with day-to-day activities. Also, one of my long-time friends is a retired ophthalmologist and he has played a huge role in helping me get the best possible care, quickly.

How CNIB helped me . . .

I’ve used CNIB services quite a bit over the years and they’ve always been such a great help. They’ve come to my house to make it more accessible, taught me how to use a cane and shown me how to use helpful tools – magnifiers, glasses and talking books. The tools help make my daily life easier to manage and more enjoyable.

My advice to you . . .

When you have AMD, the world doesn’t end. You can’t give up. Get out there and look for support. CNIB is such a great resource, but you have to make sure you make the effort to contact them. They will do everything they can to help you.

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