I’m 22 years old and I am an African American Albino.
I also have two other sisters who are as well. For as long as I can remember my eyesight has always been a big issue for me. Haveing white skin was a bit tedious; we suffered from bullying throughout our childhood and even today we still experience it in different forms sometimes. But there was nothing quite like not being able to see as well as everyone else. I got my first pair of glasses at 6 I believe. However, they only aid so much to the eye of an albino. We still have issues with seeing even with corrective lenses.
My mother took us to countless doctors who treated us as if we were aliens. Finally when we were teenagers, she was blessed to find a doctor by the name of Dr. James Gray who treated us with the utmost respect. My mom never quit though.
Our parents taught us that we were the same as anyone else and we could be anything that we wanted to be.
I’m thankful that my mother was and still is a believer in Jesus Christ. It is because of Him that my sisters and I are where we are today. I am currently studying Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. One of my sisters is studying to become a teacher and my other sister is a college professor. Not only that, we drive! Because of our eyesight it is believed that albinos cannot drive. Well, I stand here today with a drivers license and the only restriction on there is for corrective lenses.
There are so many other things that God has blessed us to be able to do. I don’t have enough space to type it all; but He has been good to us. Me and my sisters are unique. Other albinos are unique as well. We are fighting against the odds of albinism and showing the world that with God all things are possible. All you have to do is be willing to go against what’s working against you, keep the faith, and never ever give up.