Barbara's story

Since becoming a volunteer for the Society learning more about macular disease, educating others and helping those affected has become Barbara Hogg’s passion.

The 93 year old, who has trained as a speaker, a skills for seeing trainer and a telephone befriender first lost her central vision in her left eye. But, her vision loss did not truly affect her until she developed wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in her right eye.

She admits feeling very isolated. “I felt quite suicidal and I’m not ashamed to say that,” she said. “I had no one. My brothers were still alive then, but they weren’t able to help me. I had no children, I was completely alone.”

She said: “Volunteering for the Macular Society has changed my life because it saved me giving up and ending up in a home. I want to help people because I have been through it all and am still going through.”


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