Ask the value of eyesight to one who has only heard of the bright, beautiful and colorful world but never seen anything but darkness. Eyes are precious, and we certainly don't want them to lose and go blind. Never!
You won't believe that there is a woman named Jewel Shuping, 30 living at North Carolina has a dream of living with some disabilities, and she targetted her eyes. She has this desire from her childhood, and when she turned 21, she got her dream turned into reality. This happened to her due to something unusual called Body Integrity Identity Disorder: 'a condition that makes an able person believe that they are meant to be disabled.' To achieve blindness, she went under a pathetic process of pouring drain cleaner into her eyes.
Read to learn the complete story about her. She has an experience of life that is probably never heard and never seen before.
30-year-old Jewel Shuping had a strong desire of getting blind. When she was just three to four years old, she was found by her mother walking with closed eyes around the house at nights. Later, she realized that she was born to have some disabilities and she would be comfortable if she loses her eyesights. This insane and totally bizarre desire comes with a disorder named as 'Body Integrity Identity Disorder', a condition which makes an able-bodied person strongly wants to possess some disabilities.
Shuping's mother told her about how hours of staring at the sun, watching sunspots and solar storms are dangerous for eyes' health. She followed the "Dont's" as a guide towards blindness.
Since the age of 18, Jewel started wearing thick black sunglasses and got her first white cane before turning completely fluent in braille by the age of 20.
She met a psychologist who was willing to help in fulfilling her wish and started treating her eyes, not for the betterment but making them for no worth. During the course, the unidentified psychologist poured a couple of drops for numbing her eyes, and then he poured drain cleaner in each eye.
"My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin.' But all I could think was 'I am going blind, it is going to be okay," Reveals Jewel.
She kept her decision of getting blind a secret from her family and told them she lost her eyes in an accident but after the learning the truth, they totally disowned her. But, they didn't know the other side(BIID) of it which made her take this step.
Jewel is now living with her former fiance Mike, 50 who himself is a blind but not due to the same cause.
Ms Shuping decided to share her story to raise public awareness of BIID and to encourage people with the condition to seek expert help.
She said: 'Don't go blind the way I did. I know there is a need, but perhaps someday there will be treatment for it.'People with BIID get trains to run on their legs, freeze dry their legs, or fall off cliffs to try to paralyse themselves.'It's very dangerous. And they need professional help.'
She left a message concerning the society and the sufferers of BIID. She wants no one to take the step as she did. Share the story with everyone to spread her word.