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Woman Wakes Up - Horrified When She Discovers She Can't Open Her Eyes

Many people have experienced the terrifying realization that they can't open their eyes when they wake up, whether that's due to an illness, infection or other cause. This woman experiences that feeling on a disturbingly regular basis.

Natalie Adler, a 30-year-old woman from Melbourne, Australia, has spoken out about the mystery illness that left her with intermittently swollen eyes for 13 years. The horror began when Ms. Adler was 17 years old and woke up to find that her eyes were so swollen she couldn’t open them. After 3 days, the swelling around the teenager’s eyes began to subside.

However, the mysterious condition didn't disappear from Ms. Adler’s life and she continued to find herself afflicted by 3-day periods where her eyes would swell up. Speaking to the Daily Mail and 7 News, Ms. Adler revealed the exhausting nature of her condition, saying: “They just developed into this random cycle where they would spasm shut for three days and then open for three days…It's just a daily battle.”

Despite visiting dozens of specialists and undergoing a range of tests and even surgeries, Ms. Adler is no closer to finding out what’s wrong with her. “I don't have an overall diagnosis,” she said to 7 News reporters. Finally, after years of pain, blindness and disfigurement, Ms. Adler decided to have her eyelid muscles removed in an attempt to quell the sporadic swelling episodes. After 99 percent of her eyelid muscles were removed, Ms. Adler – who can still see – is legally classified as blind.

The Australian also used regular Botox injections to further reduce the impact of each episode. Nevertheless, despite all her treatments and surgeries, Ms. Adler still experiences monthly episodes that are so severe that she is left blind for several days.

During the interview with 7 News, Ms. Adler heaped gratitude upon her husband, Daniel, who she says gave her strength during the most challenging moments of her life. “He just brought me back from the brink,” she emphasized. Ms. Adler also revealed the background behind her marriage, describing how her insecurity about her condition led to her hiding it from Daniel for the “first few dates.”

For his part, Daniel never lost hope in the woman he loved, saying in typical Australian fashion: “When it all came out, I was completely water off a duck's back. It didn't bother me at all. Her illness doesn't define her.” With her internal strength and such a supportive family, Ms. Adler has been able to live a relatively normal life despite her abnormal condition. “I never lose hope because I just can't and that's not the person I am,” said the inspiring woman.

Online commenters have rallied around Ms. Adler’s story, posting similar stories and heart-warming get-well wishes. One Daily Mail user, ‘JRT’, appeared to have further information on Ms. Adler’s condition, writing: “The medical term for this ladies condition is 'Blepharospasm' as she has likely been told. There is no 'cure' and the condition is usually treated with botox injections. There is a support group called 'The Dystonia Society'.”

Another commenter, ‘Adopt-A-Rescue-Dog’, shared the following message of support: “Wow! Such a inspirational couple in the face of adversity. I hope a breakthrough in diagnosing your condition happens soon and from that medication can be prescribed to treat thr symptoms. I wish you all the best.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: 7News

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