I Was Bullied & Assaulted For Being Different
I was born with Moebius Syndrome, a rare condition which affects my 6th and 7th cranial nerves which means I have facial paralysis. I can't move my eyebrows, my eyes don't track from left to right and my upper lip doesn't move which means I can't smile. Because of this syndrome, I was also born with another deformity called club feet, so I have little to no ankle movement.
The doctors said that this syndrome affects one individual out of every two million, so I'd like to think I'm pretty unique...but this hasn't always been the case.
Going through school, I was bullied to an extreme extent, so much so, I don't even really remember a time in my schooling life when I wasn't bullied. I went through phases where I would hysterically cry in my room before going to school because I didn't want to deal with being called names, having things thrown at me or being pushed around.
Hey lovelies! So yesterday I had my first therapy session and I was so nervous about going to it, but once I was there I felt so much better! I'm so glad that I'm finally able to talk about everything that has happened and hopefully start getting better and growing stronger! The one thing I've learnt after everything that I've gone through is to have CONFIDENCE in yourself and to not let anyone stop you from what you want to do! Always remember that you are your own person and if someone doesn't like you for who you are, then it's their loss! Thank you all so much for all of your support and love, it really does mean the world to me and I'm so grateful to be able to share my story with so many of you! 😘🐵🌟☄ // p.s. this weeks blog post is now LIVE! So make sure you check it out my clicking the link in my bio! Xx
People would even give me plastic bags at school and tell me I should put them over my head so that other people didn't have to see my ugly face. If you think that's bad, it's not even scraping the surface of the things I had to go through.
In 2015, I was in my last year at school. Usually, your final year of high school is the best year of your life, and one you'll never forget. I won't be forgetting that year, but for all the wrong reasons. I had finally found a group of friends who I thought really liked me for me, wanted to be friends for the right reasons and valued what I stood for...but it turned out, like every other friendship group I had been a part of, I was left alone once again with rumours swirling around the school about what had happened to me.
As if that wasn't enough, a couple of weeks later I was assaulted outside of school during lunchtime by three men. That's when everything started going downhill.
I spent six months going in and out of hospital with seizures and disassociative attacks because my body couldn't handle the pressure, which also meant I couldn't finish my last year of high school. Halfway through 2016 I was finally diagnosed with severe clinical depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I had also been suicidal and self-harming on and off for about four years as well.
Fast-forward to today and I am living the happiest life...a life I had only ever dreamt of having. I started my YouTube channel last November, because I wanted to use my story to help other poeple going through hard times in their lives. I had always loved the idea of acting and being in front of the camera, but because I was bullied for that in school, I never pursued it. Now, I am able to express myself creatively on YouTube and my social media platforms and it makes me SO incredibly happy!
Whether it's talking about mental health or doing a clothing haul, I love interacting with people from all over the world. I want to reach as many people as possible to give them a voice and make them feel loved and appreciated - something I really could have used when I was going through my battles.
Although I do still struggle with my anxiety, I have come such a long way in terms of my mental health. This is something I want to share with people to show them that they're not alone and things will get better if they choose to help themselves.
My message for anyone reading is this is; we are all born to be different, no one is the same, so why try to fit in with the crowd? As soon as you accept the fact that everyone is an individual, you will live a far more enjoyable life! We all have something to offer the world, so stop worrying about what other people are doing, and start focusing on what it is that makes you special!
- Tayla Clement
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