She Snaps A Picture-Perfect Photo. But Then Her Boyfriend Looks Down At Her Leg And Sees It…

“I’m going to raise awareness to get help for people who have lymphedema just like myself.”

These are the words of aspiring model Meghan Barnard. She’s been suffering from this rare condition for nearly 10 years.

The incurable disease causes extreme swelling in her right leg due to damaged lymph nodes. She’s struggled through being tormented and name-called and now…

…she’s speaking out about her struggles and quickly becoming a role model for others.

Let’s listen to her story and then, please SHARE to help raise awareness.

When she was 15, Meghan Barnard was going to doctor after doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with her right leg.

It was around this time she began learning she had a rare, incurable condition called lymphedema. The disease causes extreme swelling due to damaged lymph nodes. Some doctors say it could be caused from her lymph nodes not properly developing during puberty or an injury of sorts.

When she was 15, Meghan Barnard was going to doctor after doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with her right leg.
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Her leg stores up to three pounds of excess fluid. Compression bandages help, but not much. As you might imagine, this young girl was heavily bullied for being different.

At 15, she was feeling like her life was over. She was called “Michelin Man.” She was ashamed of showing her leg.

Her leg stores up to three pounds of excess fluid. Compression bandages help, but not much. As you might imagine, this young girl was heavily bullied for being different.

She says, “Everyone was laughing at me. If it wasn’t for the bullying, I wouldn’t have gone about hiding it the way I had.”

Her shame was so consuming, she’d hide herself away from the world. Even with her boyfriend, she did everything she could to hide it: “If Rob and I were sitting next to each other watching a movie there would be a big, thick blanket between us so he couldn’t feel how hard my leg was.”

Ten years later, she’s stopped hiding.

She says, "Everyone was laughing at me. If it wasn't for the bullying, I wouldn't have gone about hiding it the way I had."

Her friend reveals: “She’s becoming more comfortable in who she is.”

She’s inspiring others to do the same too!

Her friend reveals: "She's becoming more comfortable in who she is."
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She used to never even be able to talk about it: “I only felt normal when I felt lymphedema wasn’t a part of my life..”

Now? She’s sharing her story to help others.

She used to never even be able to talk about it: "I only felt normal when I felt lymphedema wasn't a part of my life.."
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Her condition — and feeling that she needed to conceal it — caused so much pain for this young woman.

She became extremely depressed and questioned the purpose of going on… she even wrote a suicide note for her father… but this is her purpose now: to inspire others to press on and to raise awareness about this rare condition. So far, she’s been doing this with a few photo shoots that show the leg. She says, “I really enjoyed modelling for the pictures and would love to do more of that in the future.”

Her condition — and feeling that she needed to conceal it — caused so much pain for this young woman.
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Hear her full story — including how she manages this condition without health insurance and her hopes of surgery:

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