Recently, a doctor was browsing through greeting cards when he found something that left him horrified and completely lost for words. The card made a joke about a dating game contestant who regretted his choice of an “ugly” woman, and the card featured a real woman’s picture.
The card made a joke about a dating game contestant who regretted his choice of an “ugly” woman, and the card featured a real woman’s picture. It was very brutal.
The doctor was so furious about the card, he complained to the card manufacturer because he actually knew who the woman was.
He knew all about the rare genetic abnormality over which she had no control…
This is the story of Mary Ann Bevan, who took the title of the ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’.
Mary Ann Bevan was born in London in 1874. As a young adult, she worked as a nurse, and at 29, she married Thomas Bevan with whom she had four children.
Thomas died in 1914, and this was when the symptoms of her disease first began to show…
She suffered from acromegaly, which meant her body produced excess growth hormones.
At first it was only noticeable in her extremities, which grew to disproportionate sizes, but eventually her body was affected, and she suffered from splitting migraines and muscle pain.
Despite her physical ailments, she was a single mother and worked hard to support her family, eventually choosing to sacrifice her dignity for the children’s sake. She entered a “homeliest woman,” contest for the prize money and won. From then on, she was known as the “World’s Ugliest Woman.”
The next part of this story is devastating.
Mary entered a “homeliest woman,” contest for the prize money and won. From then on, she was known as the “World’s Ugliest Woman.”
After this, she started a career as a circus attraction, and toured the United Kingdom before eventually moving to the United States. In America, she worked for the Coney Island Dreamland Sideshow, a job which she held until her death in 1933.
As her fame grew and people found out about her story, she has since become an inspirational figure for people suffering from acromegaly, for whom life is often still quite difficult.
As modern medicine allows us to understand and treat such diseases, we must make an effort to treat their sufferers better than Mary Ann ever was, we should support them rather than mock them.
We should totally shame on the greeting card company for laughing at Mary’s expense, don’t you think!
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This article was originally published by Aunty Acid