In 2008, Gayle, who has type 1 diabetes, was told by an eye specialist that she had macular degeneration, an age-related, degenerative eye disease. She had laser surgery on both eyes.
The following year she was driving an elderly friend into town. “I suddenly noticed the white line on the road wasn’t straight; it was bendy. That’s when I got scared,” Gayle said. “I pulled over and said to my friend, ‘Will you drive?’ When we got into town I walked straight into my doctor’s office, nervous as a kitten.”