Lizzy Velásquez: an example of unforgettable improvement.
Lizzy Velásquez is an American woman who suffers from a strange disease that only two other people in the world suffer from besides her. She is a cheerful, charming woman with a big heart and a great capacity for love, but she has had to suffer all kinds of teasing for not being physically graceful due to her illness.
Today it is known worldwide for exposing to the world what it has had to suffer, and has become popular for telling it is one of those motivating stories that reach the bottom of the soul.
Who is Lizzy Velásquez
Lizzy Velásquez was born in Austin, Texas (United States) into a family of three sisters, of whom she is the oldest. She was born prematurely at 8 months of gestation. At 23 years of age, her illness was recognized, just when she was going to graduate with a degree in Communication.
Lizzy has used her knowledge in this area to bring to the world what she considers to be fortunate: her illness. With an ironic tone, she gives lectures exposing her problem and recounting how people have laughed at her.
To know a little more about her, you can watch the video shown below.
Lizzy suffers from a rare disease, which only three people in the world have (including her). This pathology does not allow her to gain weight, and her body fat level remains at 0%. In fact, it has never weighed more than 30 kg. She is blind in her right eye and has limited vision in the other.
In terms of physical appearance, it is similar to that of a person with Progeria and gives an image of an aged woman. According to her, the doctors told her mother that she would not live long, but her state of mind is such that she is still alive and well. Researchers at the University of Texas Southeastern Medical Center think her condition is similar to progeria but without attacking her bones, organs or teeth, and is not inherited.
An example for many
The curious thing about Lizzy’s case is how she has managed to turn around the situation that she has had to live. Not only because of the consequences that this disease has for her at the organism level, but also how human beings can be so cruel and harmful with our comments and our attitude of rejection.
In one of her lectures, Lizze said that one day, while surfing the internet, she came across a YouTube video in which she was named as “the ugliest woman in the world”. Instead of crying while she tells it, she admits that she is not an attractive woman and that many are unaware that her ugliness is part of her illness.
Her noble heart does not allow her to hold a grudge towards those people who have used easy laughter to make fun of her, and in fact, she uses all her energy to encourage people with problems to accept the situation and enjoy this life that, although many Sometimes we forget, we can only enjoy once.
He takes his illness with humor
Lizzy, as a good communicator, knows that the sense of humor captures the audience, and in her lectures she makes the public spend fun times. You may feel sorry for her the first time you see her (if you don’t know her yet), but the reality is that she recognizes that it is a blessing to suffer from her illness.
“With my illness I can eat whatever I want (french fries, hamburgers, chocolate) and I never get fat,” he says. In addition, she jokes that gyms should hire her as their image, as she can be used as a model to show that their weight loss workouts work.
We humans have a lot to learn from her, especially those who have laughed at her physical appearance.
The discrimination that the ugly have to endure …
Unfortunately, we live in a world where people who are unattractive or unsuccessful to us are frequently forgotten and even abused. Being ugly can make a person experience a series of obstacles in life and can make them suffer a series of discriminatory attitudes that they have to endure, as in the case of Lizzy.
In fact, there are different types of discrimination, as you can see in our article ” The 16 types of discrimination (and their causes) “, and one of them is discrimination based on physical appearance.
But what discriminatory attitudes do the ugly suffer? In general, people who are considered ugly …
They earn less money than handsome men, according to research carried out by the University of California. According to the results, they earn 12% less on average than handsome individuals
They have fewer job opportunities. This is what concludes a study led by Ze’ev Shtudiner and Bradley J. Ruffle of Ariel University in Israel and the University of Ontario in Canada respectively.
They are more prone to bullying and mobbing. This was verified by researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame (United States).
They are less remembered, says Michael Baker, from the American University of East Carolina, in his research published in the scientific journal Evolutionary Psychology.
They are seen as conversationalists and not as objects of desire, so they have fewer opportunities to flirt.
They receive less help, as many research shows, one of them published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.
They go unnoticed at social events and are often in the background.