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How His Father’s Battle with OM Changed Joseph’s Life

Guest blog from Joseph Boyle, CURE OM advocate whose father passed away from OM in 2016:

joe boyleHello, my name is Joseph Boyle. My relationship to OM isn’t necessarily a positive one, but then again it never really is. I first learned about this disease when my dad was diagnosed with it in 2008. It was at this point that my family and I researched as much as we could about the cancer. Little did we know how devastating it truly was or what the future held for my dad. The number of doctors, treatments, and hospitals my father had to visit to treat this cancer throughout the years was almost too much to count; it’s not something the average person could have handled.  

This disease has affected me in more ways than I can imagine. I watched my dad fight for his life over a period of eight grueling years, even though you’d never know it based on his consistent positive attitude and demeanor. He unfortunately lost his battle to this terrible disease in January of 2016. After this awful event, my life has never been the same. There are so many times when I want to ask for his advice or to just spend time together, but unfortunately that will never happen again. Now that I’m approaching three years since his passing, I’ve gotten a lot better emotionally, but I’m not going to lie to you and say everything is perfect because it’s not. Even though you never get over it, you do learn to live with it. 

While OM is extremely rare, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get your eyes checked every year. It’s not only important to make sure you don’t have the disease, but to at least reassure yourself that your eyes are healthy. Just like you would get a yearly checkup at your neighborhood physician, dentist or dermatologist, you should do the same for your eyes. And if you’re part of the population that has never had a dilated eye exam, I would highly recommend scheduling an appointment as soon as possible. Even though it might not feel like it at times, your eye health is just as critical to your overall well being as is any other organ in your body. 

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