By Dorcas Solomon

As a sixteen year old I was convinced I had lost everything – when you have no sight, you wonder how much you can really accomplish.

I was away at school and came home for the Christmas holidays. As usual, I went for my yearly optometrist appointment only to find out I had Glaucoma and could lose my sight at any time. This was very confusing! I thought I was perfectly fine, I was only 16 and my eyes were in good shape – how many 16 year olds get Glaucoma?

I went into surgery immediately. Days after the surgery I was told there were infections and other complications with my eyes. My treatment included eye drops every five minutes and progressed to injections in my eyes every hour. At this point I had to shave off my hair because the veins in my eyes were strained. I was at the verge of giving up, how could everything be so normal and become so chaotic within a short period of time?

I continued the treatments but months after I lost my sight, and my world stopped. I was flooded with questions such as: How would I go back to school? How would I see my family? Do all the little things I once took for granted. I had no time to weep, I had to prepare myself to comfort my devastated family and friends.

Even as my world continued to shatter, I knew it was not the end. I learned to adapt to my new world, I believed that self-pity was not an option, but chose to focus on the good around me. Through my faith in God I was able to find the inner strength to fight this and surrounded myself with positivity. This experience helped me develop a “never say never attitude”.

No matter the situation, know there is always sunrise after the sun sets. The greatest mistake you can make is giving up when the end is not finite. It may seem like all is lost, but it is not.

Today I have regained my sight, and my eyes are as healthy as ever. I am in my last year at the university and I know this is just the beginning for me. “When things go wrong, don’t go with them”. Always remember the situation does not define you, and live your life to the fullest.