Reader of the Month: Michael Boyd

When I first had a call for submissions to search for an inspiring person, who might  become September’s reader of the month, I never expected that I would be introduced to, counting Carl, who was August’s reader of the month, eight incredibly inspiring people. If you are just coming into this series, please check out this month’s six other inspiring people, along with August’s reader of the month here.

Michael brings us to September’s final reader of the month. Although, after getting sick, he had to deal with many obstacles, he now volunteers to help others with similar problems and continues to run his movie blog. Please check out this very inspiring man and read his article below:

Reader of the Month #7: Michael Boyd

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Two years ago I went to my optician who saw what they described as a freckle on the back of my eye. I was referred to a specialist who eventually confirmed it was an ocular melanoma, which is a fancy word for eye cancer.

Obviously, this news hit me hard. I was a 28-year-old man who felt fit and well and wasn’t expecting to get the big C so early! It turned out that this form of cancer affects five out of every million people. Statistically, there is more chance of being struck by lightning, which, to be honest is a much cooler way to die.

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This news led to a lot of eye surgery, radiotherapy, and finally, six-month check ups for life. The worst part though was that the radiotherapy destroyed the sight in my left eye. The doctors explained that people who lose an eye go through a grieving process and this is what I did for a long time.

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When you have a disease, which has a 50/50, essentially meaning you have a ticking time bomb in your head that may or may not go off, you look to the people around you for support and that’s exactly what I did. This situation has made me want to help people with similar problems. I currently volunteer for both Guidedogs for the Blind and the Royal National Institute for the Blind. I know what it’s like to lose sight in one eye, but I’m so inspired by these people who live with complete blindness everyday.

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So how has this impacted my movie blog? Well, my lack of sight means I can’t see 3d films. This led to me writing a rant on my blog about it. You can read it here

http://screenkickermovies.com/2013/05/07/3d-or-not-3d-confessions-of-a-cinema-cyclops/

Anyway, I’m back to kicking ass, which is harder now as I can’t judge distances, but I’ll keep kicking anyway. I hope someone who’s had a similar experience reads my story.

I hope you guys enjoyed Micheal’s inspiring article, along with those of all the other readers of the month. Like I said, when I first had a call to submissions, I never realized how truly rewarding receiving these emails, sharing everyone’s stories, and just learning about different people would be.

I’ve realized it’s been a while since I’ve asked you guys a question at the end of a post, so now I want to know, what did you all think of this month’s reader(s) of the month series? Have they inspired you to do any bucket list worthy things?

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14 Responses to Reader of the Month: Michael Boyd

  1. I have enjoyed reading the individual stories of the uncommon hero’s amongst us. Each has touched my heart, brought tears to my eyes and given encouragement that Faith is Love in motion! Bless you for bringing these special people to the forefront and sharing their story. ~Zoey

  2. Heartafire says:

    I must agree with Tapestry, I am deeply moved by this story, The bravery of some is amazing and encouraging. I also learned something important about melanoma. Thank you for this fine text.

  3. Hey that’s me! Thanks again Christine for letting me talk a bit about my weird disease. Hopefully eye cancer can get some more awareness. And thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the inspiring stories of your other readers of the month 🙂

  4. ChemistDan says:

    This story is so inspirational! He seemed dealt with his situation in such a calm way, and I can only hope that (god forbid) should anything similar happen to me, I remember Michael’s story and am able to stay strong.

  5. btg5885 says:

    This is indeed an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing it as well as the earlier ones. Take care, BTG

  6. Keith Maginn says:

    Another great story! Cheers to Michael for facing his challenges and helping others!!

  7. Sherri says:

    What a lovely idea Christine to have other readers share their inspirational, personal stories. here. I am going to check out Michael’s blog too after reading this. I was very moved by his story, written as he did so succinctly and yet with so much more lying behind his words. I’ve signed up to follow you too and I am really looking forward to reading more of your wonderful blog. Have a lovely day 🙂

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