Three months ago after simply taking my contacts out for the night, I experienced a painful burning in my eyes. Two emergency room visits, daily trips to the eye doctor, many different types of medications and two specialists later we had a diagnosis. Somehow, I managed to pick up a rare fungus that managed to get into both of my eyes.

During the time it has taken for my eyes to heal from the multiple cuts to my cornea’s (more than two months), I found out what it is like to have to “let go” of all the daily things we take for granted and instead rely on everyone else around us for assistance. I have always known I had great friends and family, but now I know how incredible it is to have people who are just there for you without being asked. People who just take over so you can recover. Our family couldn’t have done it alone.

Without your eyes, you become very vulnerable. You learn to put your trust into those around you and let go of the the control you normally have. Unless you have a driver to take you places, being housebound for three months takes away a lot of things we take for granted - like simply picking up your kids from school or grabbing a container of milk when you are out. My husband Scott has been my rock through all of this. He has literally been my superman!

You are probably thinking the same thing I was … what if I cannot continue a career of photography. In the beginning, my fears and worry were overwhelming. What was going to happen to my career and our business if I didn’t regain my eyesight? The professionals I am surrounded by stepped in and have been able to handle most everything since September 8! I am incredibly thankful for their knowledge, professionalism, flexibility, willingness and patience!

With them beside me, we were able to complete the school pictures, the fall sports pictures, business professional head shots and weddings that were all pre-booked months beforehand.

We are also thankful to our clients for their understanding and patience as were were unable to function at 100 percent. My family, the staff and I are grateful you haven’t given up on us.

What does the future hold?
My corneas have healed as far as the cuts and abrasions are concerned, but have left scars that run through my pupils, mainly on my left eye. This means that once the fungus is completely gone (it’s a very long process), then we will know if a surgical procedure will be necessary to restore full eyesight. There is a chance that overtime the scars may fade on their own.

As the Mayo doctor explained to me when I told him what I did for a living, he compared my eyesight to a camera lens. He said, “if you took your camera lens and took a chunk out of the middle of the guts of it there would be distortion.” He continued to tell us how that is similar to what the scarring has done to my left pupil.

Thanks to this doctor and the my fabulous medical specialist in Crosby, I am adjusting to the distortion and with my glasses on, I can see enough to bet back to some normalcy.

With the help of family and friends, I am looking forward to 2018 and the improvements that will continue to happen!

Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Kimberly Woods