I Am 19 Years Old And I Have Rp

I was recently diagnoised with RP on Jan 9, 2013. I have lost all of my peripheral vision and have extreme sensitivite to lights at night. I have lost my ability to drive. I feel like I'm just a sitting duck to lose my vision. I can't work at my age because I'm unable to drive. I am depressed. I don't know what to do or to think. I don't even know where to start to figure out how i'm going to make an income. I just need some advice and support from others who are experiencing RP and know what I'm going through.
alley25 alley25
18-21, F
1 Response Jan 17, 2013

I know how you feel... I'm 20 and was diagnosed yesterday. I gave up driving (by choice) about 2 years ago, and i completely understand that feeling of hopelessness that you get when you have to rely on other people for your independence. We're young women and it sucks that because of a visual impairment we have to halt our lives and constantly be reliant on others for help from getting from one place to another. Personally I am dealing with this by going to college in a big city. Public transportation is a godsend. I have a job on campus that does not require me to drive anywhere, and i have a fairly large network of supportive friends who (although they didn't know the name of my visual impairment until yesterday) are very understanding that i have serious visual problems. Although i stopped driving (for my safety and the safety of others) about 2 years ago, i have always enjoyed the fact that i had my license and the technical/legal ability to drive if I wanted to. Yesterday my doctor revoked this privilege from me. I guess it's not that bad, i have always considered myself a city dweller, and I guess this just means that I will be confined to large commuter cities for the remainder of my life.Although this diagnosis is really new to me at this point, this has been apart of my life for a long time now. Don't let this define you! You are not blind yet! Enjoy your vision while have it. If your not in school start looking at schools in places with really great public transit systems (it really is a lifesaver) You're not alone. If you need to talk, let me know.