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Behind The Smile

February 17, 2020
Smile

“It’s not always the tears that measure the pain. Sometimes it’s the smile we fake”. Most people will have heard by now of the tragic death of Caroline Flack ♥️ the woman who seemed to have the perfect life and the brightest smile. We seem to assume that if someone appears happy on the surface and especially on social media, then all must be ok. It’s so very easy to hide behind a smile, a smile is easy to fake.…

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Low vision awareness month and Stargardts disease

February 11, 2020
what is Stargardts disease wording and a picture of me

February is low vision awareness month. I thought this was a good opportunity to talk about my eye condition, Stargardts disease, that is taking away my precious eyesight.  Stargardts disease is an incurable, progressive, genetic juvenile eye condition, so I have this through no fault of my own. I had regular eye tests my whole life, but nothing was ever picked up until I was 31, even though I never had 20/20 vision. Stargardts disease is caused by a fault in…

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World Sight Day 2019

October 10, 2019
World Site Day 2019 - Me with my sunglasses on.

Today is world sight day and ironically mental health awareness day too. As most of you know, I was diagnosed with Stargardts 2 years ago. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done for my eye disease, no treatment and as of yet, no cure. I have in those 2 years, lost 2 lines of the eye chart in both eyes and am only just hanging on to my driving licence. Stargardts is robbing me slowly of not only my…

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#Step4Sight

September 30, 2019
step4sight

I am raising money for my local sight loss charity ‘Northampton Association for the blind’, over the month of October. Please take a look at my just giving page to find out why 💜 thank you xx https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kayteebee…

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Two Years

September 29, 2019
Me wearing makeup and with tear shape jewels under my eye.

Ironically to end eye health week, it is my 2-year anniversary of my official Stargardts diagnosis. 2 years ago, to the day I walked out of Moorfields Eye Hospital and my whole life had changed forever. Being told you are losing your eyesight at 32 is just something that unless you have been through it, you cannot comprehend. Some people may not understand me when I say this, but I felt in a way that I had been given a terminal…

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National Eye Health Week

September 24, 2019
A close up of me with a black top on and my dark hair down. I have orange tinted glasses on and bright pink lipstick.

From the 23rd September until the 29th September, it is National eye health week. Other than these orange blue light blocking glasses, I look the same as everyone else. My eyes are shiny, bright and on the surface, they look completely healthy. 2 years ago, almost to the day, I never in a million years thought I would be told by an eye specialist that I was going blind from Stargardts disease. My condition is rare and unfortunately, there is…

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Holiday Vision

September 9, 2019

Our holiday has sadly come to an end, but we have made some wonderful memories 💙. I don’t know if it’s because I wasn’t at home with my usual routine and things I am used to every day, but I really did notice my vision loss whilst I was away. Watching seagulls fly in and out of my blind spots, trying to look for the seal whilst everyone else was already watching him bob around the harbour, trying to work…

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