Family Creates Amazing Bucket List of Sights for 5-Year-Old With Deteriorating Vision

Parents will do just about anything to make sure their child is able to live life to the fullest. The Myers family is a shining example of how to celebrate the good and remain positive in an unthinkable situation. They decided to create a visual bucket list for their 5-year-old daughter who will lose her vision in a few years.

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One can only imagine how hard it is to keep a smile on your face when all you want to do is cry. Christine and Steve Myers found out their daughter Lizzy suffers from a rare genetic condition called Usher syndrome type II that causes both hearing and vision loss. Doctors were able to diagnose Lizzy through genetic testing the Myers almost declined. Even though Usher syndrome only accounts for 3 to 6 percent of childhood deafness, Steve and Christine hope their story will inspire more parents to get their children tested. "If they hadn’t pushed us for genetic testing we would never have known what’s to come for Lizzy," said Steve.

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Faced with the reality their daughter will likely lose her sight in the next five to seven years, they are taking advantage of every opportunity they can to expose young Lizzy to the beautiful world that surrounds her. They created a bucket list that includes captivating sights Lizzy can enjoy. On the list of must-see places are trips to Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park. Thus far it appears the 5-year-old is having the time of her life.

It's hard to say what I would do if one of my children had to endure something like this. Lizzy's parents have yet to tell her about her inevitable loss of sight (she currently battles with hearing loss), which is likely because they don't want to ruin the moment.

Live in the moment. This statement is so easy to push aside and yet so important to follow. Life is a precious gift that sadly isn't afforded -- or promised for that matter -- to anyone. It's up to you to decide how you will enjoy your days.

Hearing Lizzy's story and her parents' call to action is not only encouraging, but very inspiring. What do I do to make my children's lives a little more enjoyable? How am I helping them to see the beauty of life and everything it has to offer?

 

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