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My Lupus Blisters Won’t Hold Me Back | SHAKE MY BEAUTY4m09s

My Lupus Blisters Won’t Hold Me Back | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

DESPITE being plagued by burn-like lesions all over her body, this fiery aspiring model loves every inch of her skin. At just 23-years-old, Jokiva Bellard is a regular at her local A&E, thanks to countless visits caused by the debilitating autoimmune disease mistakenly attacking healthy tissue - lupus. The autoimmune disease comes in many forms, with most sufferers experiencing mild symptoms, but for those who suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), it can be life-threatening. When Jokiva, from Sunset, Louisiana, was first diagnosed while studying, she thought that she could just carry on as normal, but she swiftly found out that the disease would change her life forever. After her kidneys failing landed her in A&E, Jokiva lost 50 lbs in just 10 days and realised that she had to take the disease seriously. After liveblogging an A&E experience on Facebook, Jokiva has used her online presence to raise awareness of lupus and to celebrate her unique beauty - blisters and all.

I Shot Myself In The Face7m14s

I Shot Myself In The Face

A SUICIDE survivor who shot herself in the head now helps others to beat the stigma of mental health. At 7am one foggy morning in 2010; Christen McGinnes; loaded a .357 revolver at her home in Virginia and calmly made the decision to shoot herself in the head. The decision to take her own life had come after a year of trauma after losing her job; breaking up with her partner and her beloved grandmother passing away. Christen was airlifted to hospital and was in a coma for three weeks. The bullet had destroyed the right side of her face; from her eye to her chin. It had blown off the right jawbone; a third of her teeth and tongue; the lower half of her mouth and her right eye. She’d also shattered her nose. The love and care she received from the people around her showed Christen that life was worth living; and now she spends her time helping others break the stigma that surrounds mental health and suicide attempts by volunteering at the Trauma Network Centre in Virginia.

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Published: December 15, 2017Updated: December 16, 2017