Woman suffering rare disease speaks out after being ridiculed by internet meme

Women speaks out after cruel meme circulates on the internet

Lizzie Velásquez (credit: brilliant-books.net)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A motivational speaker has spoken out after finding a meme of herself on the internet. 

American woman Lizzie Velásquez, a motivational speaker and author, was born with a rare congenital disease which stops her body from maintaining body fat. 

Yesterday, she found a rather cruel meme of herself on the internet, which showed a picture of her accompanied by the text ‘Michael said he would meet me behind this tree for a bit of fun. He’s running late, would someone please tag him and tell him I’m still waiting?'

Taking to Facebook with her reply, she said: "I'm writing this post, not as someone who is a victim, but as someone who is using their voice.

"It's very late at night as I type this but I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

"No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we're all human. I ask you keep that in mind the next time you see a viral meme of a random stranger.

At the time you might find it hilarious but the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite. Spread love, not hurtful words, via a screen."

Much like the meme, this post itself also went viral, with over 95,000 people liking her post.