There are more than 7 billion people all around the world, and everyone has their own stories to tell.
The vast majority can tell you complex life experiences filled with both joy and sorrow, yet unfortunately there are also some who have (or had) to endure years of discrimination, isolation, and struggles due to rare disorders causing physical deformities or rendering patients incapacitate.
Despite centuries of advancements in medical science, certain diseases still have no cure yet; they are largely considered mysteries that have bewildered even the most brilliant doctors.
In some cases, the best things doctors could possibly offer are treatments to relieve pain and other symptoms.
People in the following list were born with strange medical conditions, leading to a series of unfortunate circumstances throughout almost their entire lives.
It is also encouraging to know that some of them have found the determination and motivation to stay active and contribute to the society in any way they could in spite of all the limitations and challenges.
10 Ciera Swaringen
The 24 years old Ciera Swaringen was born with a condition called Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, a rare skin affliction that affects 1 in 500,000.
She looks different that most other people because her skin is covered with hundreds of oversized birthmarks and moles.
In the case of Swaringen, birthmarks cover more than two-thirds of her entire body with the largest one stretching from navel to lower thighs.
Since the condition renders her especially vulnerable to malignant melanoma, she cannot be exposed to direct sunlight throughout life.
9 Zoubir Lahodi
A young Moroccan man named Zoubir Lahodi suffered from a severe venous malformation that caused the dilation of blood vessels in his face.
The condition ultimately led to the disfigurement of the face, more specifically on the lips and chin.
Lahodi was also vulnerable to various health issues for examples difficulty breathing and eating; even a minor accident could rupture the enlarged vessels and caused serious injuries.
He travelled to the United States to undergo seven surgical procedures on his face. The malformation have been largely removed now.
8 Hunter Steinitz
Born October 17, 1994, Hunter Steinitz is one of twelve Americans with rare genetic condition known as Harlequin Ichthyosis.
Due to the condition, her skin is much thicker than normal and she has a lot of dry patches all over the body.
Steinitz is profiled on the National Geographic “Extraordinary Humans: Skin” special.
Her hair follicles are also blocked by skin, and she wears wig to cover her head. Steinitz is extremely vulnerable to dehydration and she can’t shut her eyes.
7 Alexandra Allen
When Alexandra Allen was just 12 years old she became aware of her aquagenic urticaria, a condition that causes a person (or at least the skin) develops allergic reactions to water.
The condition has been known to begin showing obvious symptoms when the person who suffers from it reaches puberty.
There are only about 50 known cases of aquagenic urticarial all around the world.
When droplets of water touch her skin, she would feel as if it is being sandpapered off. Allen can drink through straw.