A North Carolina woman, who claims she intentionally went blind, doesn’t believe she had a choice.
Jewel Shuping said, ever since she was six years old, she believed she was meant to be born blind. At the age of 21, she took matters into her own hands by pouring drain cleaner into her eyes and then waiting to seek medical attention.
“I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” Shuping, now 30, told Barcroft TV.
Shuping claims she suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), a condition where otherwise healthy people identify as being disabled.
The idea conjures thoughts of people who believe they should have been born as another gender, like Bruce Jenner, or another race, like Rachel Dolezal.
“When I was young, my mother would find me walking in the halls at night,” Shuping said in the video posted to YouTube on Sept. 30. “By the time I was 6, I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable.”
Able to read Braille fluently by the time she was 20, Shuping said, as time went by, pretending to be blind wasn’t enough. That’s when she found a psychologist willing to help her achieve her dream.
“It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” said Shuping. “All I could think was, ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.'”
Shuping and the psychologist waited 30 minutes before seeking medical attention, she said. At that point, the damage had already been done, and over the next six months, she gradually lost her eyesight.
“I was so happy, I felt that this was who I was supposed to be,” Shuping said.
Yet she advises others against such extreme measures.
“Don’t go blind the way I did. I know there is a need, but perhaps someday there will be treatment for it,” Shuping advised. “People with BIID get trains to run over their legs, freeze dry their legs or fall off cliffs to try to paralyze themselves.
“It’s very dangerous. And they need professional help.”
You don’t say? Kind of like having surgery to change your gender?
The former chief psychologist for Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, has said that being transgender is a “mental disorder” and “biologically impossible” but it’s been humored so much by Hollywood and the mainstream media that people are now convinced it is legitimate, opening the door for all kinds of new “conditions” like Shuping’s.
Perhaps, rather than humoring people who have a blatant mental condition by performing surgeries and insisting the rest of the world play along with them, we ought to get them the help they desperately need.
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