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Jun272016

EEW President Dianna Hobbs diagnosed with glaucoma, told she will be blind within 5 years

Dianna Hobbs was recently diagnosed with an irreversible eye disease and one of the leading causes of blindness

(EEW Magazine News) According to the National Eye Institute, over 4 million Americans will have glaucoma by 2030.

EEW Magazine President, Dianna Hobbs, received her own diagnosis last year, coupled with that of ocular hypertension, and was told that she will be blind within five years.

“Many patients don’t even realize they have glaucoma and it’s one of the leading causes of preventable blindness,” says Dr. Stewart Shofner with Shofner Vision Center. Almost 40% of vision can be lost without someone noticing hence why this eye disease is also known to be "the sneak thief of sight.”

Well, that sneak thief caught up with Hobbs, 39, who is known for inspiring people around the world with her faith messages. Hobbs' Glaucoma was first detected after she began having trouble with her vision and went to have an eye exam. That’s when she was referred to an ophthalmologist—the top one in the Western New York region where she and her husband Kenya Hobbs live with their four children.

Hobbs’ glaucoma and high intraocular eye pressure was so advanced, it had damaged her vision greatly already, so much so, it resulted in the specialist’s grim prognosis.

The web publisher, who began vlogging on YouTube several weeks ago, shared with her small group of viewers Sunday how devastating it was to hear her specialist say she would definitely go blind.

 “So I’m sitting out in this parking lot, at this clinic, crying. And I wish I could have told you that, in that moment I just gathered myself, I just collected myself—I didn’t,” she said.

Instead, the rattled best-selling author, Top 100 blogger and award-winning media specialist picked up the phone and called a North Carolina-based friend, Cassandra Elliot—a prayer warrior who ministered to Hobbs at her point of need.

“When I talked to her, instead of speaking to this sad, devastated Dianna, she began talking to the Lord. And she said, ‘You know God, Dianna has served you faithfully. You know she needs her eyes. She began to decree and declare things over my life.”

Hobbs continued, “And I remember her saying, ‘God, I’m not praying that you would heal her eyes, but that you would give her new eyes.”

All the while, though it was difficult, Hobbs says, “I was praying and believing God, and just living with this reality that the doctor gave me that I was gonna be blind in five years. [I was] ministering across the nation, encouraging other folks and just knowing what was going on with me.”

Well, after continuing with treatment and using Latanoprost drops to slow the deterioration, Hobbs went back to see the same ophthalmologist who diagnosed her and something amazing happened.

She was told that the pressure in her eyes had normalized. “He told me, I know I gave you some drops, but it’s impossible for drops to do what I see happening in your eyes. He said, ‘It doesn’t just look better. It’s almost as if you have new eyes.”

When the words Hobbs’ friend prayed came to her through the mouth of the specialist, she said, “Let me tell you what! I could have got up out that chair, ran around that clinic and shouted ‘Glory to God!’, but I didn’t behave like that although I did thank the Lord.”

Hobbs, who continues to obey doctor's orders and use her drops, has claimed her healing and is now sharing her powerful testimony with others.

Watch Hobbs' testimony below beginning at the 2:53 mark.

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