Suara.com – Mahogany Geter, a 24-year-old woman was born with a rare condition of lymphedema, which causes her left leg to collect excess fluid in the soft tissues of the body. The condition made his left leg weigh 100 pounds (about 45 kg).
“How much does my left leg weigh? It weighs about 100 pounds,” he said, as quoted from the site Silence. “And I’d honestly say it’s probably not an exaggeration because before I started my treatment I was, like, 300 pounds.”
The excess fluid in his left leg can only be reduced by physiotherapy and lymphatic drainage massage. This Tennessee native has been to many different doctors over the years, but none of them have really been able to answer how to cure her illness.
Surgery had been suggested, but he turned down that option. Instead of continuing to grieve, he proudly learned to live with the condition.
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Mahogany admitted that in the past he often received comments, even other people did not hesitate to make fun of him or point at him when he wore shorts or other clothes that showed his legs.
But Geter’s life changed forever when he was offered the chance to become a model. A photographer saw him working at Walmart in 2017 and asked to take a picture of him.
From that moment on, she started her career as a model and embarked on a journey to spread the message of body positivity to others.
“I think it’s a fake, I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I was like, ‘I’m getting older now, maybe it’s time I start putting my whole body out there,’ and hopefully doing that can help someone else.”
It was this opportunity that catapulted Geter’s career as a model. His presence on Instagram and other social media platforms has also increased.
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“Mainly, I get a lot of positive feedback, and what I like the most is helping people who also feel low,” he said.
Although Geter’s journey has been difficult, he has learned to accept himself and vows to spread this attitude to others.
“For a long time, I felt very low self-esteem, but as I got older and with a lot of support from the online lymphedema community and my mother who was my inspiration, I realized how beautiful I was. Not only in appearance, but as a person,” she said.