MARY MIDDLETON has Graves Disease, which affects her thyroid gland and metabolism.
The condition can lead to inflammation around the eyes so that some sufferers are forced to give up driving.
Mrs Middleton, who was diagnosed in 2013, had surgery on her eyes in March, so she has been able to keep her licence.
She said: “In 2013 it was uncertain what would happen. I knew there would be a time where I would not be able to drive because I would need eye surgery.
“I thought it would be easier if I moved from Nuffield to somewhere with shops, a doctors and people all around.
“I found a house quickly but because the district council dragged out the sale for months it cost me money. I told them why I needed to move and they didn’t seem to care.”
Mrs Middleton said she would have been isolated in Nuffield if she had stayed in the village.
“I was really scared at the prospect of relying on other people,” she said.
“I’ve been divorced for 15 years and have no close family within 200 miles. My friends had moved out of Nuffield since I moved there.”
When she moved to Nuffield in 2007 Mrs Middleton’s main motivation was that it was “perfect” for riding her horse Calypso Dancer, a Connemara mare, and walking her dalmation Annie.