In today’s world, body shaming is something plenty of people face. It seems that the way someone looks on the outside is all that matters. Sadly, it looks like a lot of time needs to pass until we finally stop being superficial and start appreciating people for who they are, not the way they look.
Mahogany Geter, a young woman from Knoxville, Tennessee, was diagnosed with lymphedema, a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues due to accumulation of protein-rich fluid that’s usually drained through the body’s lymphatic system. Sadly, modern medicine still hasn’t found cure for this condition.
In Mahogany’s case, the fluids are build up in her leg, which makes it extremely big. As a result, this woman gets mocked by strangers who give themselves the right to judge her and call her names.
Recently, the 23-year-old posted a video as a reaction to the hurtful comments she has been getting on the social media.
In the caption, she included some of the mean words she has been told, such as “Why don’t you amputate your leg, ‘it will look better.’”
As she has lived with the condition her entire life, she got used to the fact that there will always be those who would judge her. “It has been so hard to rise above these mean people, but I have no other choice,” Mahogany wrote.
Thankfully, she has her family by her side, as well as the people from the lymphedema community.
Mahogany says it’s her mother who is her best friend and huge support during the times she feels down.
“It means I can try my best to inspire other people to accept themselves and see how beautiful they are,” mom Timika Geter said.
This young woman has been struggling to “feel pretty” her entire life.
“I used to think God had cursed me,” she said. “I felt ugly, like a freak of nature, and cried in private so many times. Then I decided that I was given this condition because I am emotionally strong and I can handle it.”
“Since then, I have been learning to accept and celebrate myself.”
In order to feel better, Mahogany uses physical therapy and she spends her spare time listening to music, drawing, and creating content on TikTok and YouTube.
“It does get frustrating dealing with flare-ups because I just want to live my life more freely, and it feels like I can’t,” she says.
It is her wish to be able to buy a house for her mother and to raise awareness about the condition she suffers from.
Mahogany is a brave young woman who is beautiful both on the inside and outside.
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