Sadly, Mary Sedgwick’s dream of becoming a doctor never came true. Forty-eight years old now, she was diagnosed with bilateral optic neuritis that causes visual impairment and blindness when she was around twenty-seven. Mary’s vision slowly declined over the years and in 2003 she was declared legally blind.
A fourth-year medical student when diagnosed, she was shattered when she could not continue practicing. Although Mary’s future was unraveling before her, her fears were put slightly at ease by the welcome of Lucy into her life. Lucy, a golden retriever guide dog, allowed Mary to slowly start appreciating life again, and the pair fast became best friends.
This April, at the NC Lions MD 31 State Convention she could not believe her luck when she finally plucked up the courage to try on a pair of eSight electronic glasses. With the addition of a high-definition camera, the glasses restored some of Mary’s remaining residual vision.
Mary has a condition that causes visual impairment and blindness.