A valiant woman who has swollen legs has gone viral on Instagram. She has become a role model for many more asking them to embrace their true-self.
Carmen Smith who is 30-year-old had developed lymphedema when she was just a kid. Due to this, her ankles, legs, and feet swelled significantly.
Though she was once conscious about her abnormal size, she has now learned to accept her uniqueness and has become a source of inspiration for many others.
She has garnered over 48,000 followers on her Instagram account. She has been a part of a lot of photoshoots including one in lingerie.
She believes that we must become whatever we want to and not be stuck in a weird box that society wants us to be in.
Carmen says that it is our differences that deem us beautiful and she offers the same advice to her Instagram followers.
Lymphedema occurs when after a lymph node surgery, dissection or radiation therapy. It can also occur if the lymphatic vessels are injured. Lymph nodes along with the lymphatic system are responsible for moving fluids in the body.
While she was a teenager, her swelling seemed to have increased and it is quite noticeable today. She feels horrified when people look at her feet.
Since her childhood, Carmen always wore flip-flops as it was the only one that would fit her feet with ease. But gradually, she began to disregard what others would say. The moment that turned her life was when Carmen started being positive and stopped being influenced by other’s remarks.
Carmen’s boyfriend appeals to others to not be insecure about people with swollen feet. The couple met while they were working together.
Carmen has said that her boyfriend’s support has been crucial in having a positive mindset. It is always great to have a partner who can empower you and always encourages you to adore your body.
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