Humans Aren’t (All) Evil: Lizzie Velasquez

Dear Reader,

            While the holidays are generally associated with talking snowmen, reindeers, Santa Claus, family get-togethers, bright lights, and warm beverages, it can be a depressing time of year. For many, especially those who are lonely, all the constant talk of family and cheer can serve as a blunt reminder for how alone and unhappy they are. It can also be a time of struggle for those who do not get along well with their relations (something which becomes even more apparent when forced to spend the holidays together and relive old, hurtful memories). On top of this, the savage ways that shoppers treat each other in an attempt to get material goods is enough to make anyone lose hope in humankind. As a bit of an antidote to this, I have decided to focus on some of the inspiring and brave things that humans are doing in this world.

You have probably have heard someone say, “If only I could eat whatever I want and not gain weight.” This is the story of someone who has that exact condition. She has a form of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome and was born without adipose tissue, meaning that, at twenty-four years of age, she has the weight of an average eight-year-old. So far, only three people in the world are known to have this disease. Of these three, Lizzie is the oldest living member. She is blind in one eye, suffers vision problems in her other eye, is very prone to colds and viruses, must rest every few hours, suffers frequent foot fractures due to the lack of fat in her feet, and must eat thousands of calories per day in order to stay alive. She was constantly bullied in school because of her appearance, but it was at the age of fifteen when a YouTube video of her went viral. The video, which was an eight second video featuring her picture, was titled “World’s Ugliest Woman.” This is what she has done since then. If you have a little over twelve minutes to spare, please watch this video.

For more information on her story, here is her official website.

Sincerely,

Jumbled Writer

*Video Courtesy of TEDxYouth.

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