Saturday, January 21, 2017

Always Under Pressure - Cure Glaucoma

January is Glaucoma Awareness month. It's probably a disease many people don't think about very often. But did you know that over 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma? It's called the "sneak thief of sight" because there are no symptoms and once the vision is lost, it's gone for good. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. While there is currently no cure, vision loss can be slowed or prevented with early detection.
I was diagnosed with glaucoma in my late 30's. I'm so grateful for medical advancements that made it possible to detect the disease in the early stages. What will this mean for my future? I may go blind, or I may not. I just don't know. But the diagnosis has pushed me to becoming a better photographer and wanting to see more of God's beauty everyday. My family and I started hiking together a few years ago. And now it's something we all look forward to doing together. Family time is always a good thing.
I share this with you as a reminder to get your eyes checked every year. It's a simple and pain-free test. And it just may save your sight.

Background die cut - My Favorite Things
Grey polka dot paper - Cleaver Handmade - Heidi Kress
Sentiment - Custom-made
Ribbon die cut - Family Treasures
Circle die cuts for eye - Lawn Fawn
White gel pen - Signo
Bling - The Paper Studio

I'm entering my card in the newest Words 2 Craft By challenge, Change.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


  1. a fun card to show awareness of glaucoma!

  2. Kristie, I had no idea that you'd been diagnosed with glaucoma. So glad you caught it early and are receiving care. Thanks so much for sharing your card and this important reminder with us at Words 2 Craft By. :)

    1. Thank you, Sybrina. It sure wasn't what I expected when I was diagnosed almost 5 years ago.

  3. Glad to hear your glaucoma was caught early Kristie! I think this is a great card to bring focus on glaucoma, well done!! Hugs, Brenda

  4. Thank you for the awareness! I am sorry to hear you are battling this. I am glad you caught it early. I hope you can keep it in check for a long, long time.

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! We all have our battles and this is just one of mine. I won't let it slow me down though.