Lizzie Velazquez was born with a very rare genetic syndrome. In fact, there is only one person in the world to whom he belongs. “Basically, this syndrome makes me unable to gain weight,” she explains at TEDTalk.
When she was born, doctors told her parents that she would not be able to speak, walk, crawl, think or do anything on her own.
The first thing they said to the doctor was: “We want to see them, we will take them home, love them and grow with all our strength,” and they did it.
“I give credit to my parents for everything I’ve done in my life,” says Lizzie.
However, this does not mean that she did not grow up with her difficulties. She was bullied all the time and said that she was ugly.
When she was in high school, she found a YouTube video of herself posted by a stranger describing her as “the ugliest woman in the world.” The video received millions of views, and commentators even asked her to commit suicide. It was a turning point in her life, and she realized that she had a choice.
“I can either do it really well or do it very badly. I can be grateful, open my eyes and see what I have and do what define me, “she says at TED Talk.
“I began to realize if I was going to let the people who called me animals define me? Am I going to let those who say he kills them with fire know? No, I will tell you about my goals, achievements and achievements. Let go of what defines my personality, not my appearance, not the fact that I have visual impairment, not the fact that I have this syndrome. Nobody knows what it is. ”
From that moment on, Lizzie embarked on a life path that led her to become a motivational speaker and inspire millions of people to accept themselves as they are.
What a strong woman! Find out more about her inspirational speech in the video below!