My snowbird sister leaves for Mission, Texas, next weekend; so I invited her out for chili with me, Cliff, and my daughter's family, so we could say a proper goodbye.
Maxine is an amazing woman. I know, I know... we don't resemble one another. We share the same dad but have different mothers, although my mom raised her from the age of five. She is in her late seventies, but she has never had any type of surgery in her life. She needs no medication, not even for blood pressure. She has her own teeth. She can do deep knee bends like a teenager.
Her husband died in 2001. Just before he was diagnosed with leukemia, Maxine got bad news: Her eye doctor informed her that she had macular degeneration, and probably within ten years, she wouldn't be seeing much. We have an aunt with this condition, and she's been very much hindered by it for years.
Maxine told her husband, Russell, that she didn't want their only son and his wife to know because, she reasoned, why should they worry about her any longer than necessary?
But in his dying condition, Russell told their son, because he wanted him to convince his mom to move near them, in Kansas. He didn't want her to be alone when she could no longer see. A couple of months after Russell's death, Maxine's daughter-in-law gently let her know that Russell had told her the secret; and they began making long-range preparations for the time she'd have to sell her house in Kansas City and move to central Kansas.
A year after her diagnosis of Macular degeneration, Maxine's eyes had not changed. Two years, the same. The doctor said, "Well, sometimes it never gets any worse than it is when it's first diagnosed."
Last year and again this year, there was no deteriation in her eyesight. The doctor said he doesn't expect her, at this point, to have any more problems.
If anyone ever deserved such good news, it's my sister. I am so happy for her.
She still plans, eventually, to move near her son.
I wanted to share this story so that anyone else getting this diagnosis of macular degeneration will know there is hope. And so you will see how prayers are answered.
I give the glory to a loving God.