- A Nigerian lawyer has taken to social media to share her experience living with a squint eye
- Identified on Twitter as Chelsea, she revealed people teased her about her eye and it made her suicidal
- Chelsea who later had a corrective surgery stated that she noticed her self-esteem was boosted once her eyes were back to normal
- The young lawyer also used the opportunity to sensitize people on the need to avoid mocking or teasing people living with defects and abnormalities
A Nigerian lawyer identified on Twitter as Chelsea (Elsea20) has taken to social media to speak up on the challenges she had to live with as someone with a squint eye.
According to Chelsea, people including her family members called her nicknames due to the eye and even though this bothered her a lot, she learned to put up a smile and keep the pain within.
"It wasn’t easy and nobody could even tell cause I was one of the happiest and jovial people you would ever meet but I mostly cried my self to sleep every night cause It was hard. Nobody! I mean nobody ever knew how hard it was for me. I was beginning to hate myself and question God," she wrote.
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However, it got to a point she could no longer take the name-calling. While in 200l, someone jokingly teased her about it and that was her breaking point. She stormed off to her mother's office and poured her heart out for the first time.
This eventually led to a family meeting where she shared her struggles with her parents and why she wanted to undergo corrective surgery to fix her eye.
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She went on to state that even though she had real and supportive friends when she had the squint eye, they didn't know she was unhappy deep down.
She ended her story by advising people to be more empathetic about the struggles of others.
She wrote: "We should really try even tho I know it can be hard to always put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Most people that called me those names didn’t even know the effect it had on me. It’s not easy but pls let’s try not to body shame or any kind of shaming at all."
In other news, a Nigerian lady identified on Twitter as @gbemisoke, recently left social media users in awe after she recounted how her brother repaid their late father's friends who took up the responsibility of funding his schooling.
Narrating the story, she recounted how on the day of their father's burial, the men made a decision to take care of their family.
Gbemisoke who hailed the men for keeping to their words revealed her brother was the only one still schooling so they decided to set up funding for him.