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Makeup Helps Me Cope As A Disabled Person

Thursday 3 May 2018


From Yahoo! Sports:


Kelley O'Brien
Makeup helps me cope as a disabled person
Kelly O’Brien applying her favorite shade of lipstick.
(Photo: Kelley O'Brien)

Makeup helps me cope as a disabled person

By Kelley O'Brien
Yahoo Lifestyle
May 3, 2018
Copyright © Yahoo News Network

At 19, my entire life changed. While working the grill at my campus job, I broke out in a cold sweat and started to get dizzy. Just as I began stepping away, I lost consciousness. Luckily, my boss was standing nearby and was able to grab me before I hit the ground. An ambulance came and carted me to the emergency room. A doctor told me that I was probably dehydrated, gave me fluids, and sent me on my way. The problem is that, less than a week later, I fainted at work again.


By my mid-20s, I became chronically ill to the point of disability. I started to use a cane to steady myself when I’d get vertigo and for the fatigue and pain. I’ve since been diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome, and my doctor thinks I also have an autoimmune disorder, likely rheumatoid arthritis.

After getting sick, I found solace in my love of makeup and used it as a coping mechanism. I often missed class and could no longer work like everyone else, and fainting spells ruled my life. But with makeup, I could still control how I looked. Control over how I looked became increasingly important to me because of how much control I’d lost in my life after becoming disabled. Maybe I couldn’t exercise without getting severe vertigo and had never-ending doctors appointments, but I could at least look good if I wanted to.


Full article…

See also: Skincare News – "ISSUES Disabled Kelley O’Brien Reveals How Applying Makeup Helps Her Deal with Disability"



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