"Sticks and stones, may break my bones. But words will never hurt me." This is a line taught to every child by their parents to help them stand against bullying. But how far does it help?
Growing up has never been a hassle-free task for a child - even if you are just a regular kid. And if you happen to be just a tad-bit different - high school is just another nightmare for you. From peer strain to bullying, to people staring at you as if you're an entirely new species, and all of this happens if you have something as simple as an extra finger on your hands. Anything beyond that is only more devastating.
One such story is that of Supatra Sasuphan from Bangkok, Thailand, announced as 'Hairiest girl in the world' who survived through the harsh bullying, name-calling and inappropriate stares she's gotten her entire childhood. How has her life turned out ever since she was renowned as the world's hairiest girl?
See for yourself:
Suffering from something that was considered to be 'a werewolf' disease in the Middle Ages, Supatra had faced quite a troubling childhood with fellow children calling her names like 'wolf girl' and 'monkey face'.
It is a congenital skin disease where excessive hair growth is observed on the entire body, with the exception of the palms, soles and likewise. Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome to be documented since old times.
Her family told that she was medically unfit since her birth, and she had to undergo two operations soon after she was born just to breathe. And if that wasn't enough, the judging stares the entire family got from the community and neighbors were hurtful in themselves - asking the family of the sins they'd done.
But as it has been rightly said: "Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you." When Supatra was 11-year old, Guinness World Records announced her as the World's hairiest girl in 2010. And as soon as she took her pride in the condition, there was no name-calling that could hurt her anymore.
While most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community and became a popular and outgoing child. This lovely girl is also determined not to let her condition prevent her from leading a normal life.
'I'm very used to this condition. I can't feel the hair as it has always been like this. I don't feel anything. It does sometimes make it difficult to see when it gets long.I hope I will be cured one day,' when asked about her condition.
Even laser treatment has failed to completely stop the hair growth, and she now regularly shaves her body, her father told local media. Years after her story was first brought to light, she's shared an important update.
Not only she has posted the photos of her hair-free face on the social media, she's been seen with a man who, as she confirms, is the love of her life, and her husband. Her social media feed suggests she has found happiness with her unnamed husband after she posted: 'You're not just my first love, you're the love of my life.'
After Supatra shared selfies free of facial hair, many thought she had been cured – but her father confirmed that she simply made the choice to start shaving her face.
Supatra is a real inspiration to everyone, saying that you don't have to hold yourself accountable if you stand out from the crowd. We wish Supatra a happy and healthy life ahead.
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