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WOTM 42 Featuring Taylor Papadopoulos

My name is Taylor Hosea-Papadopoulos and I am twenty-eight years old. A little under two years ago I was diagnosed with posterior uveitis; this condition is similar to wet macular degeneration.

Posterior uveitis causes inflammation in the back of the eye near the macula; the inflammation causes choroidal neovascularization which ultimately causes vision loss. I have a small amount of vision loss in my right eye due to neovascularization causing scar tissue near my macula. Even though facing posterior uveitis is daunting I remain hopeful that with science, a positive attitude and faith that a cure will be found for myself and for many others living with vision threatening conditions/vision loss.


The initial blow of finding out that I had a sight threatening condition was completely devastating and I found myself in total fear of the future. After finding support through my family, husband, friends and various people who I had met that were experiencing similar struggles I realized that life was not over, it was just beginning.

Although dealing with the loss of vision in my right eye has been less than easy I have not let this hold me back from anything. I have realized that when we are put in certain situations we are stronger than we ever imagined possible.

In any bad experience in life the best thing to do is to try and make the best of it in any way possible and that is what I have done with my eye condition. ~Taylor

Since I was diagnosed two years ago I have gotten married, graduated with my Associate’s Degree and have now moved on to work on my Bachelor’s Degree, seen 9 different countries in Europe, made the Dean’s List every semester in school, worked full-time, been a full-time wife, friend, daughter and sister among other things.

I have really used what is going on with my vision as motivation and drive to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be and to accomplish every goal that I have set my mind on. ~Taylor

My appreciation and zest for life has grown immensely and I wake each morning with relentless gratitude.

In two years, I hope to be graduating from Cal State Dominguez Hills and applying to grad school so that I can obtain my LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and begin my career. I cannot wait to be in a field where I will be able to truly help people who are in need.

In a world that has become so hateful, I want to be able to spread love and compassion through sharing my experiences with others. If you are going through a hard time whether it be vision loss or something completely unrelated keep putting one foot in front of the other and I promise it will get easier; positive thoughts breed positive outcomes.

You can follow Taylor on Instagram at @mrspapadopoulos.

 

8 thoughts on “WOTM 42 Featuring Taylor Papadopoulos

  1. Stumbled upon your page while researching choroidal neovascularization. I have rec’d 3 shots of Avastin and my doctor thinks that 3rd one *might* be the last I will need right now. My vision in that eye is still compromised though and I am scared it won’t come back. When I look at the chart, I am only seeing 2 (sometimes 3) of the letters there and the rest is just gray. In my case, it was just bad luck of the draw that this has happened – severe nearsightedness is all they can blame it on. I enjoyed reading through your blog and seeing that this is certainly not the end of the world for me! I am happy to still have one good eye and, fingers crossed, it will stay that way. Thanks for sharing your journey with others!!

    1. OMGosh, nearsightedness is what they blame for my sight loss. I developed macular holes in both eyes. The first one was when I was 44 and after that one it was all downhill. I had one shot of Avastin to stop a leaking blood vessel after my last Vitrectomy. We so seldom talk about nearsightedness and how risky it can be. I just posted to my FB about this very issue because doctors don’t really talk about either. I’ll be sure to pass your message on to Taylor. Thank you for stopping by.

      1. I see you are a fellow “accountress” and fashionista!! I am just this side of 50 and fearing for my livelihood as I am struggling with seeing numbers right now. Reading your profile made me feel better – so so so glad I stumbled upon this site!! Thanks for sharing your stories!

      2. Hi Melissa, actually I’m not an accountant lol. I have a serious aversion to numbers. This fear was one of the things that almost prevented me from applying to Deloitte & Touche however working for the firm was one of the best decisions I’ve made. My function was more administrative but I loved my job and the company was so very supportive of me when I began losing my sight. Are you on FB or LinkedIn? I’d like to connect with you.

  2. Taylor is an inspiration. Our attitudes really do make a difference!

    1. Yes, they definitely do Camie.

  3. Taylor what a positive outlook.
    My P.I.C. Also has bleeds. My left eye is now beyond treatment and since I was diagnosed has gone from looking through a frosted window (colour but too blurred to make out shape), through smoked (no colour just monochrome shadows) to its current state of “who bricked up the window”. At the end of the month will be a year since diagnosis.
    I’m trying to stay positive and have set myself a challenge a local group is going bowling in just over a week so I am going by myself on the bus and going to get myself (hopefully) from the bus station to the bowling alley.
    Hoping your doctors can help you keep what remains of your sight.
    Keep on keeping on.

    1. Hi Lynne, thanks so much for your comment. I’ll pass it along to Taylor. Kudos to you for challenging yourself to do a bowling outing. You’ll have to let us know how it went.💖

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