I was thinking back to some of our first visits at the Duke Eye Center.
Look how little she was!
Two-year-old Whit and her then-crush Dr. Buckley
The patching, surgeries, and visits seemed never-ending. I was afraid my little girl would never have normal vision. I was afraid the first thing people would notice about her would be her not-quite-aligned eyes. I worried about how that would affect her education, her range of choices for sports and activities, her ability to make friends. It consumed my mind and stressed me out. It was terrifying.
Fast forward six years....
Dr. Buckley hasn't aged a bit. :)
At this point in our lives, Duane's Syndrome feels like a thing of the past. While it is a congenital disorder and has no "cure", the symptoms are barely visible in Whit. She is thriving in school, both academically and socially. I don't feel like she is limited in any way by her eyesight. We've come a long way. And I'm so grateful for the access she had to Dr. Buckley and his life-changing surgeries.
At the end of her appt, he said, "Come back in a year or two." We'll take two, thank you very much.