The life of an ordinary woman, who'd been given an extraordinary gift. The Gift of Sight. This is my story and my life.


Cornea transplant rejection has been reversed. NO needle injection to place medication in to the eye (thank God!). Down to four times a day on my steroid drops. Adding another drop once a day, starting next week.

I won’t go for another recheck for another four weeks.

Also, I was told that I am now on my Doxycycline pills for the rest of my life…. But the BIGGEST news of the whole day?

I can NOW WEAR MAKEUP again, after almost three YEARS of not being allowed to do so by the doctor’s orders. And that eye, even with a cataract and a small, partial flat area of cornea, is now seeing 20/20… He said that it is RARE for those like me that have had such a tight and flattened cornea sewn in that way, and especially with all the problems it has had in the past.

Now to teach my oldest child, my daughter, who is twelve (going on 25, haha!!), “Makeup Facts 101” where Mom is concerned. Which means NO SHARING of *anything*. As in NO TAKING MAKEUP FROM MOM. Ever. Or the application brushes/sponges.

With my condition(s), I cannot afford, nor do I want to chance cross-contamination. It can hurt the cornea graft. If not even make it so infected, it rejects.

Plus, I will have to get the tad-bit “pricier” makeups. Especially eyeshadow. Allergen-free (Almay) and in the Mineral Makeup type (light weight, less ‘crap’ ingredients).

NO eyeliner or mascara. Fine by me. At least I can have some color on my lids now.

It’s really funny how the tiniest of things can seemingly add up to be the biggest thing in your life. Especially when it was taken for granted, and you were banished from it for so long, wishing you could have it back.

Over the last two and a half years, I have gone out so many times on “dates” with my husband, and SO badly just wanted to “pretty up” and hide the red splotches when my Rosacea flares up (and zits that come with it at times). I don’t wear it a lot. Only during special occasions and “date” outings.

It has been my LAST goal to reach to get back to “normal” since my transplant. And now, it FINALLY has arrived and I can say that it’s ALL over (for the most part) and my life can be completely as it once was, only with a few minor tweaks and adjustments.

Normal Life, it’s nice to have you back and nice to know that we can once again live in harmony. Because, Normal Life, you have been away for WAY too long.

And thank you to my Donor, for they are my PERFECT match. We have been through a lot together. In a “spiritual” way of course. But physically as well. Because without them and their gift, this day of COMPLETE “normalcy” would never have been possible.

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Comments on: "“Normal”, I have arrived! *Update post!*… With great news." (2)

  1. Missy, I am so happy for you. This is just wonderful news. We have both been blessed by gifts from 2 generous people as their last wish on Earth, for they are in God’s arms now. We have been blessed by the advances in medical research and applications, and the dedication of 2 great surgeons. Once again, I just can’t tell you how happy I am for you. 20/20 after all that happened. It’s a miracle, literally.

    • Amen to that! I just about fell out my chair. As did the doctor after he first glanced at my chart and had seen my vision test scoring.

      His eyes got huge, looked at me, paused, then said it’s 20/20. It took me a moment to have it sink in. Even asking REPEATEDLY, “are you sure…after only ONE week??” lol.

      But also, I am NOT holding my breath, as the old saying goes. I’m going to enjoy the ride as long as I can.

      And IF something creeps in (have a chance of problems with allergy season coming, so I have to get them under control, or it could compromise the graft again), then I’ll deal with it, pray and hope for the best.

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