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Marshall King

Meet our #Warrioroftheweek, Marshall King 💙

Spotlight on: Marshall King

I have been a lifelong survivor of VSS. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I became cognizant that my visual experience was significantly abnormal. At that time, I talked to optometrists, Ivy League eye specialists, neurologists, psychologists, and even psychiatrists about it, but no one was familiar with the condition or could diagnose it, let alone recommend treatment. “It was all in my head” was the mantra. While not entirely wrong (because my eyes and brain are, of course, in my head), it was also not even remotely a helpful diagnosis.

Thanks to the VSI website, I have finally found a local specialist whom I now have an appointment to see.

The frustrating/maddening/rage-inducing thing is that I have literally driven by this medical practice dozens of times in the last ten years. In fact, it is currently the ONLY practice treating VSS listed in our state. The craziest thing about this story is that BOTH my wife and I worked in the same small suburban town in which it resides. However, none of the specialists that I have been seeing over the last ten years knew that they were even an option for referral.

It wasn’t until I happened upon the VSI website last week that I found them. I was resigned to a lifetime of coping with this condition alone. The distractions of raising my daughters, being a devoted husband, and building my professional engineering career have made VSS bearable. However, I am looking forward to an official diagnosis, therapy, and perhaps most of all, validation of my condition.

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