Beauty is never objective. Society might impose its own beauty standards but the hearts of many people are able to identify the authentic ones.
This is proven by this inspiring story bound in love and courage. A heartless father abandoned his little girl because of her appearance. He did not know that his child would grow into a lovable and courageous lady.
Katja Nezhentseva was born with a very rare disease called Progeria. It is a rare genetic condition characterized by the rapid growth of a child’s body cells. This causes them to age rapidly which gives them an over matured physical appearance. Children like her live to 13 years on average.
Upon seeing her condition, her father decided to leave them. According to Newsner, her father ‘cannot stand’ his own daughter.
Katja and her mother Irina were not discouraged by his decision. They remained strong and fought hard without him.
Katja’s condition made her life difficult to live. Aside from her bullies in school, she also had a problem dealing with herself. Eventually, she accepted her fate and considered it as her source of strength. Her improved attitude led her to a happier life with her mother.
After 22 years, Katja became a charming and strong beautiful lady. Although her disease has yet to be treated, it did not hinder her to enjoy her own life. Most of all, her positivity caused her to have a longer life span than the average progeria patient. Her confidence helped her to defy all the struggles she experienced in her life.
Katja was lucky enough to have an extended life but she is more fortunate when she finally found her ‘other half’. Katja met her loving husband Denis in an unexpected way. She dialed the wrong number on her phone and found her way to Denis.
The two decided to get married and after 9 months, heaven blessed them with a healthy young boy. Katja may be suffering from a rare disease but her strength helped her live a normal life.
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