Anti-Bullying Hero: How Lizzie Velásquez Turned Hate Into Empowerment

Are you with Lizzie? We are! #ImWithLizzie

Everyone has probably experienced rudeness or bullying at some point in their lives, but not many people have had it as bad as Lizzie Velásquez. Lizzie was born with an extremely rare condition which, among with other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating any body fat. Because of her appearance, she's been a subject to bullying her entire life.

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A shield you wear to protect yourself from something you don’t want others to see.

We all have them. We all have worn them.
Whether it is the clothing you wear to impress your boss,
The hairstyle you chose to look more like your sister,
Or the tattoo you got because it was trendy.
We all have worn a mask at one point in our lives;
either to benefit ourselves, or to benefit others . . . 

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Sarah Jones

Towards the end of middle school, all my friends were growing into their bodies. All except me. My friends were gaining pounds and starting to look womanly. I got taller but remained thin as ever. I wasn't too concerned about it until high school when boys (and some girls) started taunting me with painful nicknames. The one that stuck all through high school was “Sarah Bones.” I was exceptionally skinny and never weighed more than 94 pounds . . . 

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