I’m Turning Into A Lobster (I have a rare disease) | This is my story
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Hi, my name is Andrea and I have a condition that’s so severe no one on Earth wants to be my friend.
Now, everything was normal until I was about 14. I was a late bloomer, so when puberty started to hit me, I was kind of excited! But... weird stuff started to happen. I know puberty is full of weird things happening to your body, but this stuff wasn’t normal. I noticed that my hands were starting to grow in unnatural shapes. It’s like they were ballooning out, with big bumps all over them.
Some of my fingers even started to grow together! I looked like I was turning into a lobster or something. It started over summer break. I was afraid and ashamed, so I hadn’t told my parents, and had hidden it by wearing long sleeves and barely leaving my room.
But when I had to go back to school, I panicked. My hands were completely covered by my sleeves, but I knew that was going to be an issue when we had to type. I tried to hide my fingers, and I began to realize they were too big to even type! Tamara, my best friend, saw what was happening and asked if I was okay... and that’s when Liza, the most popular girl in school, looked over at me. She started saying cruel things, asking if I was too dumb to follow along. Most of the class laughed.
The teacher felt bad for me—and that made it even worse. He walked over to help show me what I was doing wrong in front of everyone. I tried to shoo the teacher away, but my sleeves fell down.
When my hands were exposed, my teacher gasped and fell back against the wall. He looked like he had seen a ghost. He was so shocked he blurted out, “What’s wrong with your hands?!”
The whole class was looking at me, laughing. I hid in the bathroom for what seemed like forever. Soon, the school nurse came in and asked if she could look at what was going on.
When she looked at my hands... she gasped and covered her eyes in horror. Even the NURSE was disgusted by me! She called my parents to get me and my parents immediately took me to the hospital to be looked at. They were furious at me for not telling them what was going on sooner...
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