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Wife Thought Her Husband Was Blind Until She Notices This

Wife thought her husband was blind. Until she notices this life is a struggle. There are no two ways about it. But for some, this battle is far harder than most. And Jean Purdy knew that well. The man grew up in a normal suburban neighborhood only for his own genetics to end up betraying him. At just 16 years old, he was diagnosed with an inherited genetic disorder which all but ensured that the teenager would be blind for life. How did Gene overcome this diagnosis? To live a full life. Bernie wasn’t born visually impaired.

Overall, his eyes functioned normally, and no one suspected that this would change, not even his doctors. Without any signs of his eventual diagnosis, Purdy managed to live a full and healthy childhood. He remembered reading comic books and playing video games with his friends. Birdie could even recall what his favorite TV character shows look like. And all in all, he enjoyed an idyllic and full life.

Gene first experienced issues with his vision when he was a schoolboy. He had had subtle moments of vision loss, which was all but ignored by the young, active boy. After months, he finally told his parents, who assumed he was just short sighted. And after a few months of relying on prescription glasses with his vision only worsening with each passing month, it was time for him to see an eye specialist. Within just a couple of months of experiencing mild vision loss, Gene was at an ophthalmologist, waiting on the test results that would forever change in life. The doctor had calmly listened to all of Jean’s complaints.

But one look at the young boy’s file and he rushed him to the lab. No parents wants to hear that his young child is sick, but sadly, that is exactly the news that the doctor had in store for Jean’s parents. The 16 year old had Stargard’s disease, and to say that his parents were crushed would be an understatement. The diagnosis was followed by some more tests and then some more. And again it was confirmed. The young Gene did have the rare genetic eye disease, which was all but incurable.

Star Guards is an eye disease that affects the retina, and it makes the central vision go blurry so that it’s really difficult to see features, faces. Doctors warned Gene to expect the worst. This was just the start of a long battle with his diagnosis, all of which would end with a complete vision loss for the young man. Gina thought he had his whole life to enjoy in front of him, but with just one doctor’s visit, it had all changed in a second. From then on, Purdy learned to live alongside his diagnosis.

Like most things at first, it was not easy. He lost friends connections and was left behind in major life milestones. But still, the young boy powered through. He studied hard and got accepted into College, and that’s where he met Joy, the literal and emotional kind. The two first met in a College lecture and instantly clicked.

When we actually met, he kept walking by and I’m waving, trying to get his attention, and he keeps walking past me, and the next time I saw him, what’s your deal? He told me that he was blind, and so I was like, okay, well, you can come sit with me.

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Joy didn’t see genius, only his disability, and saw him the great man he was and could be. From friends and best friends to love birds and ending with marriage, Joe and Jean were a MatchMate in heaven and complimented each other in every way. Friends and family were equally impressed by the couple and knew they were going to last forever. The young family soon grew, with a couple welcoming their first child together. A few years later, they welcomed another. Life was once a struggle for Jean, and while he still had his bad days, it was getting easier. His days of juggling lecture books and stumbling into unknown rooms were behind him.

Jean was busy playing with water guns with his children and tucking them into bed every night. He tried to be a good father to his kids and of course, be a husband worthy for Joy. And while his life was perfect, Jean always wished yearned to be able to see the beautiful faces of his family. A reasonable dream, one which was about to come true. Not in love with Jean yet? Well, let us tell you a bit more about the young father’s perseverance.

His wife was a complete foodie, and so was Jean. And rather than have to depend on Joy for always cooking, Gene learned how to navigate the kitchen himself. As always, he didn’t let his lack of vision get in the way. Jean started with learning a few of his favorite recipes by heart and practiced them until he executed them for his wife perfectly.

And just like that, Purdy became an unlikely chef. Like so many of life’s events, this one also happened on a quiet night. Jean was cooking a meal for the family and Joy was watching TV. After spending a busy day with the kids, the young mother was actually drifting off to sleep when she saw it for the first time. Her sleepy mind was instantly pulled into wakefulness when she heard Ray talk about Stargard’s disease.

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I turned on the racial ratio and she said that they’re going to help someone with Stargardt’s disease.

A rather uncommon disease and definitely not something which would be so commonly discussed. Awaken intrigue, Joy watched her world change right in front of her eyes. Rachel Rain, the show’s host, called a person with Stargard’s disease on the stage, and what she did next left Joy and tears. Ray explained how the person suffered from Stargard’s disease and was visually impaired. She then went on explaining the harsh nature of the disease.

All of these details were nothing new to Joy, who’d seen Jean battle with them firsthand. She now assumed that this was nothing more than just a public awareness message about the disease. And just as she was about to switch channels, she saw the device. The TV show’s assistants came in and placed a rather bulky device, which looked like one of the virtual reality headsets her kids always wanted her to buy. Joy’s interest was piqued.

Were they claiming this device could help those suffering from Stargard’s disease? C and if yes, how would join ever heard of it? But before she could even finish her question, it was answered for her. Yes, the device did work, and she saw it in action in front of her own eyes.

The man on the show described in dazzling detail the set in people around him.

He takes a pair of electronic glasses. He uses a camera to capture an image, a computer to enhance that image, and then it puts it on little screens and the effects, they’re able to see much more of the world around it.

Joy was crying, and she knew what she had to do next. She unglued herself from the TV screen and rushed to find a pen and paper. She had to do it now or she’d lose her nerve. Joy, full of emotions, penned a raw letter to Rachael Ray, recounting her husband’s struggle with the disease and how much the family would appreciate if they, too, could try out the device.

She wrote, My husband has come to terms with his condition and constantly being told that there is no cure and nothing that anyone can do to improve his eyesight. I literally began shaking and crying for the next hour or more at the thought of my husband being able to see my face for the first time, to see our son for the first time.

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