My dear Jim, I am very sorry to hear this.
But if it comes some day, of course you still are able to read and write and make jokes as usual and have fully understand of all reality because they are all in your memory.
But let's say, if doctor says that if you will be blind in 10 years, you surely are able to postpone to 20 years. Only if you want to work on it.
My father has diabetes since 65 and he took three kinds of medicine. 2 year ago, I visited him and he was very happy. He went shopping with me daily for a week at the age of 82. And he found that his blood sugar level was lowered. He reasoned that it was because he walked. So after that, he walks 1 hour after each meal. He usually sat to watch TV for 1 hour after each meal because it is news time. Now, he took only one medicine(he actually can stop that too) and have a very normal blood sugar level.
I shall say that don't fully trust what your doc's words but trust human body is a well balanced system. It has great ability to heal itself if we respect it.
So, move any movable muscles, exercise, cut sweet and other carbohydrate intake. No TV, no internet, no piptalk.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.
It is not all to say that you have to go to fitness center to smell other's sweat.
Go, Jim, Go!!!!!!!
[This message has been edited by LadyTom (03-09-2008 12:43 AM).]