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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.

Persistent Daughter Found Her Father’s Killer And Brought Him To Justice 6m22s

Persistent Daughter Found Her Father’s Killer And Brought Him To Justice

A woman whose life was torn apart by the killing of her father as a child says she finally feels at peace after helping to bring the perpetrator to justice. Years after her father’s murder, Joselyn launched her own online investigation into his killer, leading to Justo Santos being charged with murder and sentenced to ten years in prison! This woman’s father was killed and she refused to pretend like it never happened. She decided to find his killer and was so determined to succeed! Of course she knew that it won’t bring the person back, but she wanted justice to be served! In America, around a third of the homicides go unsolved every year, but when cases go cold for the victims’ friends and families, the hunt for justice continues. This woman’s father Jose Martinez better was a peaceful and generous. He met her mother in the city and decided to make a family, starting by having a place of their own and starting their own restaurant. Joselyn never saw her parents fight at home or at the restaurant. On day in 1986, Joselyn’s world would change forever! She was just nine-years-old. On a Saturday of November 22nd, 1986, they went to the business as usual, the clock was about 9 or 10, when her grandmother got a phone call that Joselyn’s father has been shot outside the restaurant in Manhattan, New York. He was shot after rejecting three youths who had insulted his staff! When Joselyn found out about the bad news she prayed and hoped that God will help her father, but when she heard loud screams from her parent’s bedroom she knew that things will never be the same. It was horrific, disastrous! The guy who shot her father fled the country the next day and flew to the Dominican Republic, where the 16-year-old shooter admits the guilt but argues that it was self-defence and accidental! In 1989 he pleads guilty under Dominican Republic law to the involuntary manslaughter, he pays a fine and spends one year in jail! There was no extradition agreement with the US at the time and the NYPD closed the case! However, that wasn’t the end of the case for Joselyn! She wanted the world to know what he did, so she tried to look him up on social media. She knew that everybody is in the computer world and everybody is in online. She was obsessed and spent countless of hours searching for this man. She wanted to find him and have him arrested! In January 2013, she managed to gain access to one of NYPD’s files regarding her father’s case. In it, Santos’s date of birth which is a vital information for tracking him down. It was the beginning of a breakthrough in her online search! She dug into the public records and found out that he is married. In February, 2013, Joselyn thought that she has found Santos and that he is living in Miami and working as a janitor. She passes what she believes to be his living address to a NYPD cold case detective and after a few months investigation Santos is arrested and will spend about 10 years in prison! After the arrest, she feels relieved and satisfied, and finally feels that she can move on with her life!

‘African Kim Kardashian’ Has 60 INCH Booty | HOOKED ON THE LOOK5m17s

‘African Kim Kardashian’ Has 60 INCH Booty | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

WITH a booty that measures an astonishing 60 inches, Eudoxie Yao is used to turning heads. But rather than cover up her ample behind, Eudoxie, from Abidjan, the Ivory Coast, happily flaunts it. And although her extreme curves might look like the result of several trips to the plastic surgeons, Eudoxie says her “ ultra sexy” look is all natural – something her idol Kim Kardashian, can’t claim. The model has got no desire to go on a diet and slim down her magnificent measurements. And known as 'Queen Eudoxie' on social media, this is one queen we can get behind of.

They Called Me The Purple People Eater: BORN DIFFERENT6m34s

They Called Me The Purple People Eater: BORN DIFFERENT

A BRAVE woman has learnt to accept her severe facial birthmark despite years of bullying that ruined her childhood. 39-year-old Kiana Smith, who resides in Cumana, Trinidad, was born with a significant port-wine stain birthmark on the left side of her face. With a dark purple pigmentation, Kiana’s birthmark is also visible on her chest and neck - and it has completely destroyed her left ear. Kiana was subject to many harsh nicknames throughout her school life, including the 'purple people eater’. But now, after five surgeries and specialised laser treatment to reduce her birthmark in size, Kiana is happier than ever and has become a global ambassador for the Vascular Birthmark Foundation.

I Solved My Best Friend’s Murder: CHASING JUSTICE7m48s

I Solved My Best Friend’s Murder: CHASING JUSTICE

AN AMATEUR sleuth turned private detective has devoted her life to cracking unsolved crimes after helping to track down the killer of her college friend 26 years after her death. Sheila Wysocki, 55, who now lives in Tennessee, met Angela Samota - who went by the name “Angie” - at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, in 1982. Despite being very different personalities, the pair quickly became inseparable, but Sheila’s life changed forever, aged 22, when she got a call from one of Angela’s sorority sisters saying Angela had been brutally raped and murdered in her own home. The case quickly went cold, and Sheila left college and moved back home, eventually meeting her husband and starting a family. But in 2004 she had a vision of her murdered friend and, unable to convince local police to reopen the case, trained as a private detective, qualifying in 2005. By 2006 her persistence paid off, and Dallas police tasked detective Linda Crumb with reopening the case, including sending off the DNA found at the scene for analysis, and they found a match with Donald Andrew Bess, a convicted rapist serving a life sentence at Huntsville Prison in Texas. In 2010 he was convicted of Angie’s murder and sentenced to death - it was the only cold case solved in Dallas that year. Sheila set up her own agency in 2011 and has helped many other families who have been chasing justice in cases that have gone unsolved. In 2016, Bess unsuccessfully appealed against the death penalty, but was unsuccessful, and he remains on death row.

Teen Spends $1500 A Month To Become Barbie | HOOKED ON THE LOOK6m11s

Teen Spends $1500 A Month To Become Barbie | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

AN EIGHTEEN-year-old 'human doll' spends $1,500 each month to realise her dream of being the ultimate real-life Barbie. At the age of 16, Gabriela Jirackova, from Prague, Czech Republic, started amping up her normal beauty regime with long blonde hair extensions, massive eyelashes, permanent make-up and lip fillers. The teen, who owns 300 Barbie dolls, recently underwent her first surgical procedure, at a cost of $4,500, to take her natural C cup size breasts to a G cup. And Gabriela already has plans for more cosmetic work, including butt implants, rib removals and even bigger breast implants to help her perfect her ‘living doll’ look.

Beauty Salon Behind Bars9m28s

Beauty Salon Behind Bars

INMATES at a womens’ prison are finding hope for their futures through an inspiring cosmetology teacher who is training them to be beauticians. Elsa Lumsden runs the Beauty Therapy course at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), providing the women at the prison a way to gain their qualification in cosmetology and find jobs on the outside. Many of Elsa’s students go on to full-time beauty work once they are released, with one former inmate contacting Elsa to say she now owns her own business after leaving CCWF.

My Tourette’s Disappears When I Sing | BORN DIFFERENT6m29s

My Tourette’s Disappears When I Sing | BORN DIFFERENT

AS EMILLY Carter finishes her song, the only thing that’s noticeable about her singing is that it’s very, very good. It’s only after the music stops that Emilly’s tics become apparent. Sniffing, coughing and touching her nose, Emilly has Tourette’s syndrome. The 21-year-old, from Wickford, Essex, has suffered from Tourette’s syndrome since she was a little girl. Emilly was diagnosed with Tourette’s when she was just four-years-old and, as a young teenager, her tics were so extreme she suffered fits and was even hospitalised. Bullied because of her tics, Emilly was a shy and unconfident child but singing and performing gave her an outlet to express herself.

My Tourette’s Disappears When I Sing | BORN DIFFERENT

My Tourette’s Disappears When I Sing | BORN DIFFERENT

AS EMILLY Carter finishes her song, the only thing that’s noticeable about her singing is that it’s very, very good. It’s only after the music stops that Emilly’s tics become apparent. Sniffing, coughing and touching her nose, Emilly has Tourette’s syndrome. The 21-year-old, from Wickford, Essex, has suffered from Tourette’s syndrome since she was a little girl. Emilly was diagnosed with Tourette’s when she was just four-years-old and, as a young teenager, her tics were so extreme she suffered fits and was even hospitalised. Bullied because of her tics, Emilly was a shy and unconfident child but singing and performing gave her an outlet to express herself.

My Schizophrenia Doesn’t Make Me A Monster5m07s

My Schizophrenia Doesn’t Make Me A Monster

A STUDENT with schizophrenia has set up an organisation to help other pupils with the condition - despite struggling with near-constant horror film-style hallucinations. Cecilia McGough, 23, studies health policy administration at Pennsylvania State University. She experiences a wide variety of hallucinations on a daily basis, including one based on the scary clown from the original movie version of Stephen King’s horror classic ‘It’, and another that resembles the little girl from Japanese thriller The Ring. Determined to use her own battles with the condition to help others, Cecilia founded Students With Schizophrenia, which is aiming to educate and spread awareness about schizophrenia on college campuses globally, as well as offering financial aid, academic and career services along with both mental health and legal support.

His Vitiligo Is Disappearing, But He Doesn't Want It To6m34s

His Vitiligo Is Disappearing, But He Doesn't Want It To

An aspiring model whose vitiligo is slowly fading hopes that it never disappears. Bashir Aziz, from Tooting, London, was born with vitiligo, a skin disorder characterised by small, white patches on various parts of the body caused by the loss of natural pigment. Growing up, Bashir’s body, face and head and even his hair was covered in white patches. The 23-year-old told Barcroft TV: "My vitiligo is different because with everyone else they start off fully pigmented or fully with their color that they are supposed to have. “In my case it’s different because I started off with vitiligo. “On my skin itself, it’s affected down the middle - and my hair as well, it can affect your hair and some people don’t know that.” Since he was a child Bashir has gone to doctors and dermatologists to find a treatment for his vitiligo. He has been offered many creams and even makeup to cover up the discoloration, but Bashir doesn’t want any of it. As there is no known cure for vitiligo, being different is all Bashir has ever known. But over the years, the diversity activist noticed a change in his skin. He explained: “I was born with vitiligo, like say 80 percent on my body, but now my skin pigments over the years just come back to life. "So now it’s like 40 percent or 50 percent now.”

‘Hulk’ Brothers Risk Death By Injecting Muscle-Building Chemicals | HOOKED ON THE LOOK7m09s

‘Hulk’ Brothers Risk Death By Injecting Muscle-Building Chemicals | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

BROTHERS Tony ‘Hulk’ Geraldo and Alvaro ‘Conan’ Pereira, have both injected dangerous chemicals to make them look HUGE. As well as using extreme lengths to bulk up to a combined weight of 241kg, the brothers from Rio, Brazil, attend the same gym everyday and work out together for hours to improve their definition. Tony, 49, and Alvaro, 50, claim there was a time when they were ‘addicted to getting big’ but now believe they have it under control. Alvaro had been injecting his biceps and legs with a supplement - called Potenay B12 - on and off since he was 15 years old. Tony followed in his older brother’s footsteps. Taking their doctors advice, the brothers claim to have recently stopped injecting for health reasons and because their skin cannot stretch anymore.