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Woman With Past Eating Disorders Inspires Others To Start A Recovery8m07s

Woman With Past Eating Disorders Inspires Others To Start A Recovery

This is the emotional story of a 28-year-old woman, whose weight dropped to 88lbs due to her eating disorders, leaving her with anorexia and bulimia. She decided to share her story with the world and show other sufferers that recovery is indeed possible. Listen to her inspirational story! Meet Lindsey Hall, from Fort Worth, Texas, whose teenage eating disorders caused her serious health problems, leaving her struggling with anorexia and bulimia. She would drink wine on an empty stomach just to curb her appetite. How horrible! Four years ago Lindsey went to an eating disorder treatment centre and is now still in recovery, which according to her is a process that will last for the rest of her life. In addition, she writes about her recovery on her blog ‘I Haven’t Shaved In 6 Weeks’, trying to inspire others who are struggling with eating disorders to seek treatment and feel better. Lindsey, now lives in Denver, Colorado, and doesn’t think that anybody ever fully recovers from eating disorders. She will have to live with it and fight against this awful health condition for the rest of her life. It is interesting that this condition develops early in life, and it is boosted by the unhealthy eating habits. Lindsey explains that even as a child, her relationship with food ‘was always tumultuous’. She restrained herself from certain foods and ate only about 12 or 14 items of food. She fancies French fries, breakfast food, waffles, oatmeal, eggs and cereal. Can you imagine living on these foods only, for the rest of your life? Surprisingly, these early eating patterns weren’t about counting calories and carbs, but sure contributed for Lindsey to establish a distorted relationship with food throughout the teen and adult years. The cycle of food restriction and bulimia continued throughout the years. Alongside her exercise addiction, Lindsey was suppressing her hunger by drinking. When Lindsey started drinking alcohol to mask her appetite her condition was referred to as drunkorexia which refers to those who save all their calories for binges. However, she knew she had a problem and agreed to spend six weeks as an inpatient at the Renfrew clinic in Florida and continue as an outpatient at the Renfrew Centre in Dallas. She now exercises and eats in moderation and blogs and speaks publicly about her recovery journey in an attempt to inspire others to do the same and tackle this disease.

My Wife, Our Sex Robots, And Me | EXTREME LOVE8m02s

My Wife, Our Sex Robots, And Me | EXTREME LOVE

AN INVENTOR building the next generation of sex robots with his wife reckons the cyborg lovers could help save marriages - and have improved his own. Robotics expert Dr Sergi Santos and his partner of 16 years, Maritsa Kissamitaki, are the brains behind ‘Samantha’, an artificial intelligence-driven love doll that he says is capable of enjoying sex. Sergi, from Rubi, Catalonia, Spain, credits Samantha - who has three different sexual personas, ranging from shy to raging nymphomaniac - with enhancing his sexual endurance. He also claims the love bot improves his marriage by offering a sexual outlet when his wife isn’t in the mood.

Car Crash Scars Won’t Kill My Modelling Dreams | SHAKE MY BEAUTY6m29s

Car Crash Scars Won’t Kill My Modelling Dreams | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A TENACIOUS model has learnt to show-off her scars after a tragic car accident left her fearing for her future. When she was just 23 years old, Neli Zuma was fighting for her life in ICU with internal bleeding after her friend’s car span out of control and hit a wall. Neli, now 25, was left with a gaping hole in her stomach and doctors had no choice but to remove skin from her thigh and sew it to the open wound to prevent her bleeding out. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do for her close friend who passed away two days later. Neli, who had just started out with her modelling career, was left with unusual scarring on her stomach and thigh and she had to use a colostomy bag for 10 months. Her body-confidence had hit an all-time low. But after months of trying to improve the way she saw herself, Neli from Durban, South Africa, decided it was time to show the world that she is no longer ashamed of her scars.

This Fitness Fanatic Won't Let Her Brittle Bones Stop Her5m31s

This Fitness Fanatic Won't Let Her Brittle Bones Stop Her

She is young and brimming with vigor - and she won’t let her brittle bone condition get in the way of her fitness goals! Jasmine Manuel is only 22 years old, but she suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 3, a severe type of disorder of the bones, making them incredibly susceptible to fractures. That is the reason why she is much shorter than other women her age. The severely brittle bones are not her only issue. Jasmine also suffers from severe scoliosis and has to move around in a power chair. But the fitness fanatic, who is also a student at Kennesaw State University and produces music under the pseudonym “Mini Producer”, uses her condition and stoic mental attitude to advocate for disabled fitness. “I like working out because it’s proving that I can do it. A lot of doctors have said different things about what I was going to be capable of, and every day I am just proving that I got this. I can do whatever.” Jasmine says. “I don’t have time to pity myself because there is nothing to feel sorry for, this is what it is… I don’t really have a choice but to be positive and live my life.” The heroine says she has broken anywhere between 100 and 200 bones in her lifetime and has undergone 22 surgeries. Still, these setbacks have not slowed her down - she has even taken on Fitness guru Shaun T’s Insanity Max 30 workout regimen. Her program has her doing push-ups, crunches and using all sorts of gym equipment on her university campus. She admits she was just curious if she could do it. But after seeing how she could work out without her bones breaking, she kept persevering and now has even started training another woman who is also in a chair, which she says gives her a great sense of pride.

My Husband Is An Asexual Drag Queen | EXTREME LOVE7m21s

My Husband Is An Asexual Drag Queen | EXTREME LOVE

AN UNCONVENTIONAL couple are breaking relationship stereotypes: both consider themselves asexual and the husband is an agender drag queen. Dancing on stage in full make-up and a revealing metallic one-piece, Jeremiah Dauberly has a passion for performing in drag; and sitting in the crowd is his number one fan - his wife Meagan. The couple, who are both 25 and live in Richmond, Virginia with their pet beagle, have known each other since they were teenagers and got married in their early twenties; so far, so conventional - but Jeremiah and Meagan both identify as asexual, meaning they have no sexual feelings or desires towards each other or anyone else.

I Won’t Hide My Vitiligo With Makeup | SHAKE MY BEAUTY7m07s

I Won’t Hide My Vitiligo With Makeup | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A STUDENT has finally embraced her vitiligo after years spending hundreds of dollars a month on make-up to disguise it. Up until a year ago, 21-year-old Mariah Perkins, from Timonium, Maryland, would hide the white patches on her face with thick make-up. Vitiligo is caused by a lack of the pigment melanin and the criminology student would spend hundreds of dollars a month on her heavy-duty foundations. By the time she got to college she would even sleep in her make-up. But a year ago Mariah grew tired of caking her face in foundation and decided to go “cold turkey”. Posting pictures of her natural beauty on social media, Mariah was amazed by the positive comments and finally stopped disguising her vitiligo with make-up, even when performing with her dance group.

Couple Build World’s Biggest Bunny Collection5m33s

Couple Build World’s Biggest Bunny Collection

A MARRIED couple have demonstrated their undying love by amassing the world’s biggest bunny collection. And their colony of rabbits has grown so vast they’ve housed it in a museum. Located in Altadena in Los Angeles, The Bunny Museum is a huge collection of more than 35,000 items of bunny memorabilia which tell a decades-long love story. The museum was co-founded by husband and wife team Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski, and includes rabbit-related art, literature, figurines, games, and even Candace and Steve’s former real-life bunnies, who have been taxidermied and preserved for future visitors to enjoy.

Breast Cancer Won’t Stop Me Feeling Sexy | SHAKE MY BEAUTY4m58s

Breast Cancer Won’t Stop Me Feeling Sexy | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

GOING through the diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer not once but twice before the age of 40, Shay Sharpe has decided she doesn’t need boobs to prove she is a woman. The 40-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland not only decided to forego reconstructive breast surgery after her second cancer diagnosis, she has also posted numerous topless pictures of herself to celebrate her all-natural body, scars and all. Shay has also set up her own charity Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes, working with women with terminal cancer.

Me, My Boyfriend And My Slave | EXTREME LOVE7m47s

Me, My Boyfriend And My Slave | EXTREME LOVE

A DOMINATRIX reveals she has two 24/7 live-in ‘slaves’ who wait on her - and her boyfriend - hand and foot. Dahlia Rain, from New Jersey, shares her home with the men who cook, clean, tidy, buy groceries, and walk the dog in return for ‘rewards’ of the BDSM kind. The former school teacher was once married but got bored of her vanilla lifestyle. After divorcing from her husband, Dahlia started to dip her toes into the fetish scene. It was here that she met her ‘slaves’ - another name given to submissive partners in BDSM relationships - and her boyfriend John, who they also cater to when he visits.

Brazilian Woman Is Using Her Unique Birthmark To Launch Her Modelling Career6m06s

Brazilian Woman Is Using Her Unique Birthmark To Launch Her Modelling Career

Mariana Mendes, 24, was born with congenital melanocytic nevus, a type of birthmark that occurs in an estimated one percent of infants worldwide. Mariana’s unmissable birthmark covers the center of her face and, while many struggle to accept their birthmarks, Mariana has always fully embraced hers and encouraged others to do the same. Instead of being ashamed of the way one looks, they have to be fully aware of their ‘drawbacks’ and turn them into something powerful to make them feel special and unique. Because everybody is beautiful in their own way and this is just a different kind of beauty. As she says women do not need to fit into conventional beauty standards to be models. Neither do they have to be thin and tall with all the characteristics that the media now demands. Everyone has their own type of beauty even if you have characteristics out of the normal beauty standard, that’s your own kind of beauty. People have to accept themselves as they we are. And that is the only standard. This brave woman has chosen not to cover it up and she never uses makeup to do that because she knows that the birthmark is part of her and part of her personality. She has also never considered removing it. Now Mariana works mostly as a print model for clothing designers and she has launched a career as a digital influencer with 21,000 Instagram followers.The Brazilian beauty hopes her boldness will help break down barriers in the fashion industry and inspire more people to proudly bare their birthmarks.

The Boy Who Can’t Stop Hurting Himself | BORN DIFFERENT8m30s

The Boy Who Can’t Stop Hurting Himself | BORN DIFFERENT

A young boy faces a daily battle with a rare condition which causes him to severely injure himself. Davey Wicklund, 11, from Renton, Washington, has a rare inherited disorder that affects his muscle control called Lesch Nyhan syndrome. Davey’s mother, Jaren explained: "Lesch Nyhan syndrome is basically cerebral palsy with self injury. Davey has got the extreme. He cannot stand, walk, he cannot pull his head up for long time, independently. He has got the muscle strength, but not the ability to control.” The parents have to take special measures daily to ensure that Davey doesn’t hurt himself; including arm braces, kangaroo-type pouches to tuck his legs in and a rubber mouth contraception to stop him biting his lip.

Father Finds Happiness After Suicide Attempt8m49s

Father Finds Happiness After Suicide Attempt

A MAN who tried to take his own life has finally found recovery after battling depression for years without a diagnosis, beginning his own mental health charity in the process. For Pat Lawson, growing up with depression wasn’t something he so much tried to hide as something he wasn’t even fully aware of. It wasn’t until he attempted suicide, age 30, that Pat sought the medical help he’d needed for so long - and finally shared with others the depression he had been battling alone all his life. The 32-year-old father of two, from Australia, set up an online group and charity to support men with mental illnesses called Three Words, named after the three most important words anyone with a mental illness can say: ‘I need help’.

Father Finds Happiness After Suicide Attempt8m49s

Father Finds Happiness After Suicide Attempt

A MAN who tried to take his own life has finally found recovery after battling depression for years without a diagnosis, beginning his own mental health charity in the process. For Pat Lawson, growing up with depression wasn’t something he so much tried to hide as something he wasn’t even fully aware of. It wasn’t until he attempted suicide, age 30, that Pat sought the medical help he’d needed for so long - and finally shared with others the depression he had been battling alone all his life. The 32-year-old father of two, from Australia, set up an online group and charity to support men with mental illnesses called Three Words, named after the three most important words anyone with a mental illness can say: ‘I need help’.

700lb BBW to 465lb Proud Mum | HOOKED ON THE LOOK7m53s

700lb BBW to 465lb Proud Mum | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

WHEREAS she once drank 3,500 calorie milkshakes through a funnel to intentionally gain weight, new mum Monica Riley has now swapped funnel feeds for bottle feeds. Dining out on up to 10,000 calories a day, Monica Riley, 29, of Fort Worth, Texas, dreamed of being the fattest woman in the world and of being “immobile”. She ballooned to over 700lbs and set her sights on becoming so large that she would be bedbound, but the 29-year-old decided to change her life – and her body – after discovering she was pregnant in March 2017. Determined to ensure a healthy pregnancy after two previous miscarriages, Monica dropped to 520lbs through healthy eating and gentle exercise, and gave birth to baby Michelle in October 2017 by C-section. Though Michelle initially had trouble breathing and had to be kept in hospital for observation for six weeks due to reflex and four small holes in her heart, she is now back home with her besotted parents, and Monica is now planning gastric bypass surgery in a bid to lose even more weight.

I Design My Own Ostomy Bags To Feel Sexy5m44s

I Design My Own Ostomy Bags To Feel Sexy

A woman who lost her large intestine and rectum to cancer is making ostomy bags sexy with handmade covers in satin and lace. Last year, Heather Matson, 35, was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer and the subsequent surgery left her with a stoma bag permanently attached to her abdomen. After surgery, Heather, who lives in Vancouver, Washington, faced four months of recovery, but it was during this time that she discovered a way to accessorise her new friend.

The Bodybuilder With Butterfly Skin | BORN DIFFERENT7m19s

The Bodybuilder With Butterfly Skin | BORN DIFFERENT

A SEVERE skin condition hasn’t stopped one man from becoming a bodybuilder and motivational speaker, despite doctors initially saying he wouldn’t live past the age of five. Dean Clifford, now 38, has become the oldest living survivor in the world of the most serious form of Epidermolysis Bullosa. The genetic condition causes the Queensland-native to have incredibly fragile skin, which blisters frequently and takes much longer than usual to heal itself. Despite this, Dean has transformed himself from a physically weak and sick child to a practiced bodybuilder with a successful motivational speaking business.

My Rare Dwarfism Makes Me 1 in 4 Million | BORN DIFFERENT9m05s

My Rare Dwarfism Makes Me 1 in 4 Million | BORN DIFFERENT

A LOVEABLE 8-year-old boy has a form of dwarfism so rare he is believed to be one of only 28 cases in the world. Three-foot-tall Landen Johnson, from Lincolnton, North Carolina, has primordial dwarfism, one of the rarest forms of dwarfism in the world, with experts estimating there are less than 100 cases worldwide. But Landen’s specific form of primordial dwarfism, DNA Ligase four deficiency or Ligase 4 deficiency, which also affects the immune system, makes him even rarer: his family say they know of only 28 other cases worldwide. Five months after having a bone marrow transplant Landen still has to go to hospital three times a week, can barely go outside and has to take multiple medications – but Landen’s spirit remains unbreakable.

Barbie Wannabe Has Eye Surgery To Look More Caucasian | HOOKED ON THE LOOK8m48s

Barbie Wannabe Has Eye Surgery To Look More Caucasian | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A SELF-proclaimed ‘human doll’ has had eyelid surgery to make her appear more Caucasian - like her style icon Barbie. Ophelia Vanity, from Los Angeles, California, is half-Chinese by heritage - but spent $4,000 on a blepharoplasty to give her a higher, more western-looking eyelid crease and so more closely resemble the iconic western-looking fashion doll. The 30-year-old, who is half Chinese, has spent over $35,000 on achieving her doll-like appearance and is now planning further surgeries, including implants in her breasts and bum.

My Swollen Legs Won’t Stop Me Being Sexy | SHAKE MY BEAUTY7m23s

My Swollen Legs Won’t Stop Me Being Sexy | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A fierce Instagram star, whose legs are constantly swollen, is encouraging others to embrace their figures and celebrate their difference. Carmen Smith, based in Pasadena, California, developed lymphedema as a child, which causes her legs, ankles and feet to swell significantly due to a compromised lymphatic system. Despite once being painfully self-conscious of her body, Carmen has learned to embrace its uniqueness and is sharing her journey with her 48,000 Instagram followers.

Rodrigo Alves Has FOUR Ribs Removed | HOOKED ON THE LOOK9m15s

Rodrigo Alves Has FOUR Ribs Removed | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

Rodrigo Alves has lost five inches off his waistline thanks to his controversial rib removal procedure - and he is hoping to shrink to a tiny 20-inch waist - if he keeps wearing corsets. The 34-year-old plastic surgery addict claims he had the $28,000 procedure not to match any conventional standards of beauty but so that he can look even more unique. Thanks to his rib removal surgery - where he had four floating ribs removed - and constant corset wearing Rodrigo, who has been dubbed the Human Ken Doll, has dropped from a 34 inch waist to 29 inches. Rodrigo finally has the coveted silhouette he’s wanted for so long – but admits he needs to wear a corset 24 hours a day to maintain his hour glass curves.

Boy Born With No Eyes Is Living His Life To The Fullest7m59s

Boy Born With No Eyes Is Living His Life To The Fullest

A mother and her inspiring six-year-old son who was born with a gap in his face is raising awareness of the treatment of people with facial differences. Christian Buchanan from Woodbury, Tennessee, was born with Tessier cleft lip and palate, a rare condition which has only been documented 60 times in medical history. Tessier cleft lip and palate is the result of the facial tissues not joining properly during development, causing a facial disfigurement and the inability to eat, speak and see. Lacey Buchanan from Woodbury, Tennessee shares the incredible story of her son Christian who was born different. The mother of two explains that her disabled child loves to wrestle with his younger brother, he is learning how to play the violin, he is taking karate lessons and he is mastering the sign reading technique. The biggest way this condition affects Christian’s life is his vision impairment, because he is completely blind and he has to learn to navigate the world in the dark. This boy is a real fighter, he has had seven surgeries so far, three reconstructive surgeries on his face to help close the gaps that the cleft left, so that he is able to speak and eat properly. He is going to have a lot more surgeries in the future, because that’s just the nature of his condition. There is a huge social stigma about being different, looking different that most people don’t know how to handle somebody with that kind of difference, or how to be around them. His mom describes Christian as one very independent little boy, he is curious and he likes to explore the world, and he is not afraid to do it. This mom wanted to share her family story in order to raise awareness for disabilities in general and specifically facial differences. She doesn’t want to hid her child, she wants him to be out in the world, he deserves to indulge in all things life can offer. Over the years Christian has grown independent and fearless, and we hope that he learns how to navigate through life properly. We support this brave fighter, good job buddy!

My Sex Addiction Almost Killed Me7m45s

My Sex Addiction Almost Killed Me

A SEX addict whose compulsive pursuit of anonymous hook-ups drove her to nearly take her own life has spoken out about her ordeal. Jace Downey, from Austin, Texas, said her addiction began with sexual fantasies when she was aged just five, eventually escalating to frequent encounters with strangers. Realizing later that she has been abused as a child, Jace attended a recovery group before embarking on a two year Suddenly Celibate project where she met experts in addiction, relationships and sexuality. Jace now has a boyfriend and works as a self-development coach, helping people looking for assistance with addiction and other personal struggles.

Twins With Albinism Wear Their Condition With Style | SHAKE MY BEAUTY5m56s

Twins With Albinism Wear Their Condition With Style | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

Fashion-obsessed twins who both have albinism want to inspire people to be proud of the skin they were born in. The chances of a child being born with albinism are one in 17,000 - but the chances of twins being born with albinism is far rarer - the odds are not even known. Identical twins Rosemary and Christina Alubankudi, from New York City, are part of this rare club. The 24-year-olds were born with the rare genetic condition, which is caused by a partial or complete lack of melanin, the pigment, which gives hair, skin and eyes their colour. The sisters aren’t just twins, they are best friends too and through their love of fashion, they want to inspire others to be proud of who they are.

Woman Who’s Allergic To Daylight Has Learned How To Embrace Life7m18s

Woman Who’s Allergic To Daylight Has Learned How To Embrace Life

The sun raises as a symbol of life and happiness, but for one woman in Utah sun rays are nothing short of deadly. Aged 22, Lizzie Tenney already had 43 skin cancer surgeries. She was born with a rare disease, her skin is unable to repair its own DNA once it has been damaged by the sun’s harmful UV rays. The windows in the home have been lined with protective filters, but it’s the outside that presents the biggest danger. For Lizzie, leaving the house is a huge ordeal as even the tiniest gap in her clothing could allow UV rays through. She wears protective jeans and puts on special gloves, and always carries a special meter that tells her the sun UV rays exposure that prevents her to get burned, signalizing to her when rays are in her allowed range. Only when she is covered head-to-toe she is ready to go outside! It wasn’t until Lizzie was 12 that a local doctor shed light on her condition. The diagnosis completely changed the way that Lizzie had to live her life. On a typical cloudy day the meter runs about three to four hundred but on a super sunny day it runs 16 hundred and goes on and on. XP in the US affects one in one million people. What’s rare, is having two instances of it in the same family. Lizzie’s niece has XP and she is seven. Lizzie’s message for you is ‘be happy to be here on Earth and make new friends and have a positive attitude no matter what you deal with’. We hope that this inspiring story will help you become a better person!

Trans Bodybuilder Has Phalloplasty Surgery | MY TRANS LIFE8m03s

Trans Bodybuilder Has Phalloplasty Surgery | MY TRANS LIFE

GC: TRANS bodybuilder Cody Harman was once a blushing bride, but has now achieved one of his biggest surgery goals by undergoing a full phalloplasty procedure. Cody, who was assigned female at birth, gained attention last year for his dramatic transformation from a petite military wife to muscle-bound hunk, and has now spoken about his female-to-male transition in detail. The 31-year-old's remarkable journey has seen him get married in 2008, before divorcing his husband and beginning gender hormone therapy to become a man in 2014.