"The only way I could show those people that they were not going to become my definition and my truth was to somehow make myself better."- Lizzie Velasquez
Getting bullied is painful, and we all have been there. But some people don't take it as such a bad thing. They make the hatred and the pain their strength.
Here we are talking about a 26-year-old inspiring woman called, Lizzie Velasquez. She was born with the neonatal progeroid syndrome. For many years, doctors failed to discover what severe syndrome she was growing up with, there was no symptoms, no clues. Doctors even told Lizzie's parents that she would never be able to walk or speak. Later Velasquez finally got to know about her rare genetic disorder; it gives her an aged appearance, also affects her face, eyes, muscle tone, brain, and heart. It prevents her from gaining weight even if she eats 60 times-a-day. Fortunately today, she can walk and speak too; she proved all the reports wrong.
When she was 17, one of her friend posted a video. The video went viral, she got millions of views and a lot of hate comments from strangers, some of them asked her to die because she is ugly. Whenever she would go out, people stopped in their mid- conversation and stared at her. One day, baby Lizzie asked her parents, what's wrong with her? How is she different from the others? To her questions her mom and dad said; there's nothing wrong with you, you're just special.
With her family's tremendous support and love, she started developing confidence. In one of her talk shows, Velasquez said, "The five of us are very close. We're a team. And together this team helped me start to realize that we really do have two options in life. We can either decide to feel sorry for ourselves and throw the biggest pity party in the world and just be stuck in it -- or there's this whole other side with everything that we do have in our lives."
Even after so many nasty comments about her, she doesn't lose her hope indeed, she converted all those comments to her strength. Now she is an accomplished motivational speaker. She also has given speeches at TEDx, Austin. Apart part from this, soon you will see her life Journey in an upcoming documentary "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story."
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