Moms & Daughters
Her own kind of normal
As senior year is dwindling down to its final semester, most Kings Class of 2015 students are preparing to move away to college, away from their parents. However, senior Brooke Albers is going to miss living at home more than the average student.
Sheri Albers, mother of Brooke, was born with an eye disease called “retinitis pigmentosa” and for her whole life the disease has been taking away cells in her retina. Even though she was born legally blind, she still has had eyesight for her whole life but it is very limited. Sheri considers herself very, very lucky to have not gone totally blind. Being a mother of 2 kids, who are now turning into adults, she doesn’t let a loss of one sense hold her back from pursuing her dreams and persevering through everyday life.
The bond between Brooke and Sheri is truly something special, ever since Brooke was just a little girl.
“I thought it was totally normal to have a mother without eyesight,” Brooke adds. “I’m so used to just holding my moms arm and telling her when to take a step down or up stairs. I even catch myself subconsciously saying little directions out loud sometimes.”
However, Brooke points out a consequence to walking around with Sheri.
“People stare. All the time. It’s like people have never seen a walking stick or a blind person before. I’ve just gotten used to it,” Albers says.
Being a daughter of a blind mother who was single for five years (Sheri recently got married), Brooke has made it her own kind of normal. She helps out Sheri by doing multiple favors for her, such as going grocery shopping, driving her around, and picks out her outfits.
“Brooke is so fun to be around, she always knows when I need something without me having to tell her. She just understands the whole ‘blind’ thing. She has an intuitive sense that is very good for me,” Sheri says about Brooke.
Even though eyesight is limited for Sheri, she keeps herself very busy and holds a set of skills that may even shock some people.
“She makes the best pasta,” Albers says. “She can also guide me around all of downtown Cincinnati, she knows every street name by heart. Its like she has an internal GPS.”
Sheri is heavily involved with the NFB (National Federation for the Blind), as she has been for 12 years. She is the chairman for fundraising, and she is on the State Board of Directors. There will be a NFB Christmas Party Sheri and Brooke will attend on Dec. 17.