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December 17th, 2013 | By Alicia Silverstone

When Vicky DeRosa was diagnosed with a rare eye disease, she turned to a vegan diet and found success in regaining her eyesight. Vicky is a prime example of how a kinder lifestyle can truly transform and heal. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Vicky. So very inspiring!

One morning in August 2004,  When I opened the newspaper, the words were a blur. I grabbed another paper – same thing. 

Days later I was blind. Later that year I was diagnosed with a rare genetic eye disease that damages the optic nerve and is to date incurable. Specialist after specialist told me that I would never see again, and to seek help and training on living a blind lifestyle.

Before my diagnoses I was eating a mainly plant diet, with some meat and dairy mixed in.I should also mention that my lifestyle before my diagnoses was much more stressful than it is today, which doctors say triggered my eye condition. Aside from my sons, work was my top priority at the time of my diagnoses; but today I make sure to make time for meditation, prayer, and more exercise.

I believe that healthy lifestyle is medicine and, determined that my eyesight would be healed, I set out to find my own cure. So I gave up red meat completely, took a hard look at my diet and started constantly swapping out certain foods I was eating for the most nutrient-dense, sight-supporting foods I could find. Over the course of a year and a half I regained much of my eyesight! I then took my healthy diet further and gave up dairy products, fish, eggs, and became 100% vegan. 

I became a vegan for the overall effects on my life and body, but I’ve since learned that a 100% plant-based diet is providing the necessary antioxidants that are crucial for my eye therapy. Since becoming a vegan and of course sticking to a clean diet free of chemicals, my eyesight is clearer, my sinuses are clearer, and I can’t believe how much more energy I have. 

 All of these benefits I’m sure are based on the fact that I am a vegan and my life has become less stressful and more energetic because of it – without which I’m sure could exacerbate my eye condition. Specialists were astounded but agree that if it hadn’t been for my healthy diet and lifestyle, I would have remained blind. I’m 100% vegan today and am healthier than ever because of it.

Today when I encourage people to live healthier, the first thing I tell them is to steer clear of harmful chemicals and preservatives lurking in food. Then I educate them on moving toward healthy fats, plant-based proteins, and complex carbs. Ultimately I think that being a clean-eating vegan allows you to be your healthiest possible self!

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