Spotlight on: Jasmine Fernandes ?
“I first started experiencing VS symptoms when I was 8. I didn’t understand at first why I’d see fuzzy things in the sky and white dots in dark settings. When I first told my mom, she didn’t pay attention and thought I’d been acting silly, but eventually she took me to an ophthalmologist who diagnosed me with floaters and said that it’s okay to have a little amount, and that I’d get used to it. But they thought I was making up the other half since I was little. As time passed, I developed myopia at 16 but all my VS symptoms were moderate. But just as I turned 20 this last October, my whole world turned upside down; my floaters multiplied overnight, I started experiencing afterimages and palinopsia, and it was really tough, but it’s during this time I first came across the term Visual Snow. I remember being very happy to know that it exists and I wasn’t imagining things. That day I realized that a diagnosis is the first step to a cure, and hope is stronger than fear. ❤️
College can be hard, and harder if you have VS. It’s difficult to pay attention, but the only thing which keeps me going is the realisation that my abilities are stronger than my disabilities ✨ and that I don’t have to sacrifice my dreams for VSS, even when things get difficult. Never lose hope. I think that’s the ultimate relief. ❤️ I will be completing college next year and wish to do so with flying colors. Don’t let VSS get in the way of your dreams. ✨”