A Lil’ Inspiration #8

The Profound in Simplicity

Quoted text is white against a transparent teal background overlaid on a black and white photo of trees in the fog with a solitary woman walking among the trees.A little more than a week ago I posted a quote by one of my friends and Woman on the Move, Susan Rodgers. Today’s quote is by her twin sister Sherri.

Sherri and Susan were born with Usher Syndrome, an inherited disorder characterized by hearing impairment and progressive vision loss. Prior to meeting Sherri and Susan I never met anyone with Usher Syndrome however that didn’t prevent us from becoming quick friends.

Together and for several years in a row, the sisters would walk with me and my team to raise money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Together we would advocate on behalf of those with sight loss through our membership in the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind.  Together the sisters gave me encouragement during my low points as I journeyed into sight loss. They are the reason I began using my white cane.

Sherri makes a simple yet profound statement on living with Usher Syndrome:

“I’ve been a member of the Western PA Association for the Deaf/Blind (WPADB) for at least 15 years, being a part of the group I knew a few people but had to talk to them through an Interpreter. If you’ve never had this experience it can be quite challenging.” ~Sherri Rodgers (Sherri and Susan are lifetime advocates who continue to work and live very fulfilling lives).

Image: Quoted text is white against a transparent teal background overlaid on a black and white photo of trees in the fog with a solitary woman walking among the trees.




  1. Like some of the other people who posted comments, I wasn’t familiar with this condition. I admire Sherri and Susan’s tremendous energy and attitude, though.

  2. And that should give hope to so many more who have lost their sight and have difficulty hearing. We do live in an age where technological advancement is advancing on an everyday basis. We only need look and smart phones and computers, and how what was new today, is old news tomorrow.

  3. There are so many eye conditions that I’d never heard of before I began having issues. Had I not gone through the vision issues I wouldn’t have met Sherri or her sister which would be a shame because knowing them has enriched my life.

  4. Oh yes indeed. I’ve seen videos of people who hear for the first time and it’s so heartwarming to see their faces light up on hearing sound for the first time. And the technology today is so much more advanced than years prior that what seemed impossible a few years ago is now a reality.

  5. Never heard of this syndrome.
    Some people are amazing how they just deal with things and take life on the chin. I would be a happy man if I were half as stoic as this lady.

  6. I truly hope that they someday succeed in that endeavor. So many people work so hard to end these kind of diseases, and whenever there is a breakthrough on one, it has to come as such a relief to those who suffer from them, and to their families.

  7. Thank you so much. Meeting you the first time, I felt an instant kin to friendship with you. You were so easy to talk to ; expecially since you never met a deaf/blind operson before. Thanks for being a wonderful friend.
    Love and hugs,

    Sherri Rodgers

  8. Thank you Paul. I had heard of Usher Syndrome only through my work with the Foundation Fighting Blindness (what an eye-opening experience to the many eye conditions). They do such great work raising money for the research to put an end to many of these sight robbing diseases.

  9. I had never heard of Usher Syndrome, but having an inherited hearing impairment accompanied by a progressive vision loss would be quite challenging to say the least. And yet, here they are meeting those challenges head on. What an encouragement.

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