Kiran Meka from Berkshire will be running the Brighton Marathon Sunday 15 April. He explains his story below and why he has taken on this challenge.
“I have been a high myopic patient from a young age. My eye problems started to unravel in 1996. No one could understand what was happening. Twenty years ago my spiritual master in India told me I would have to go through many surgeries for my eyes but to have faith.
Fast forward seven years and I was living in France. One day my eyes popped like a fuse and I could not see. My vision came back after a minute but I rushed to hospital to be diagnosed with a rare condition "Juvenile glaucoma (JOAG)". I was put on medication and told that hopefully the condition could be manageable without surgeries.
I moved to the UK but my condition became severe, so I was referred to the Moorfields Eye Hospital. I was told that I needed emergency surgery to prevent megoing blind.
It was a shock to hear this, but my consultant in France told me I was in the safest pair of hands at Moorfields. This reassured me and within 24 hours I was operated on successfully, saving my sight. I still hadirreversible damage that caused by the initial popping but the condition was now managed.
Over the years I have had fantastic support and wonderful care. I had seven surgeries at Moorfields. Without their timely help and care I would have gone blind long time ago.
On a different note my physical condition has deteriorated due to an unrelated incident. So for me to run the Brighton marathon is a huge personal barrier. So far I have run four official half marathons including two already this year. My goal is six half and two full marathons this year.
I would not even be here if not for all those surgeries.
Please kindly support my madness to help others in their fight against eye diseases.
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With all my gratitude for your support - "Never give up".
Please visit Kiran’s fundraising page and show your support at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kiran-meka