Sisters With Rare Genetic Condition Preach Self-Love Despite Enduring Years Of Bullying

April 30, 2018 lilit 0 Comments

Two sisters born with Treacher Collins Syndrome have spoken out about what growing up with condition is like, and how it’s affected them. Asia Williams and India Walls have endured years of bullying, but with the help of their mother, who also has the condition, they have learned to love themselves no matter what. Here, they opened up about how they were able to overcome the teasing and accepted their difference.

Bullying. Kids can be cruel, particularly to kids who are different than everyone else. Just ask sisters Asia Williams and India Walls from Ohio. The two girls, ages 22 and 20, suffer from Treacher Collins Syndrome, a condition that affects the bones in the face.

Self-love. As children, the girls were bullied and school and made fun of for their appearances. So much so, that they hated going to school and would beg their mother to let them stay home. But over time, they’ve learned to embrace their differences and practice self-love.

Positive. "I won't say that it has affected us negatively just because we were brought up and told that we were beautiful no matter what. We just took it upon ourselves and just started posting pictures and just started being us and it affected us in a really positive way,” said Williams, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.

Wisdom. The sisters were raised by their mother Nicole, who also suffers from the condition. Having already had experience growing up with the condition, Nicole was able to pass down her own wisdom to her girls and encouraged them to be themselves.

Blessing. "My girls showing and sharing their story on social media, to me, it is a blessing because some people just need to hear other people's stories.They have some strong confidence within themselves where some might not have confidence in themselves but my girls have confidence,” said Nicole, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.

Inspiration. Nicole maintains that her daughters have been an inspiration to others, and have taught people, including herself, some very important and valuable life lessons. While the girls are in a good place now, there’s no denying that they had to overcome some obstacles before getting there.

Different. "It was really bad to the point where I didn't want to come to school I would tell my mom 'can I stay at home? I don't want to go to school.’ When I looked at other children back at my childhood, I'd be like 'why are we different from everyone else? Why is everyone else look normal and I look like this?’” Walls told the Daily Mail UK.

Acceptance. But eventually, Walls realized that there was no point in wallowing in self-pity and at some point or another she was going to have to accept the reality of her situation. Once she did, things only went up from there.

No hiding. "It was just crazy and it came to a point where I didn't want to be on this earth anymore, so I had to like take a moment to myself to step up and be okay, this is life. This is what the world's gonna be, so I can't keep hiding myself in a dark room, I have got to come out,” she continued.

Support. The girls began to post photos of themselves on the internet, which eventually gained them thousands of followers. They also attribute their happiness to their supportive friends, who believe the sisters are beautiful both inside and out.

Beauty. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to me when I look at them they are beautiful to me. Their personality is beautiful, they are very generous, they put themselves last,” said childhood friend Alexis Williams, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.

Inspiration. The sisters are speaking out about their condition in the hopes that they’ll be inspiring to others who may be lacking self-confidence and feeling uncomfortable in their own skin. At the end of the day, it shouldn’t matter what anyone thinks of you as long as you can love yourself.

Advice. “The advice that I would give to other people who has Treacher Collins Syndrome is never compare yourself because comparing yourself is what’s going to destroy you. Just learn,” said Williams, as reported by the Daily Star.

Others. The sisters aren’t the only ones affected by this condition. In fact, the condition, although rare, still affects about 20,000 people per year in the US. Jono Lancaster is another well-known TCS sufferer who has spoken out about his condition.

Moving on. His condition left him struggling with depression as a teen, but over time learned to accept himself. Now, Lancaster has a long-term girlfriend and looks forward to one day starting a family with her.

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