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Get a Box of Tissues Before You Read This Woman’s Brave Fight Against Bullying

This is Lizzie Velasquez…

And this is her amazing family.

One of the many reasons why I love my family!! @abraveheartfilm

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You may have seen Velasquez in a viral Ted Talk about bullying and self-esteem.

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The video has garnered more than 8 million views since it was posted.

Velasquez was born with lipodystrophy and Marfan Syndrome.

#MarfanFoundation #WalkForVictory #RIPUncleDuggie #RaiseAwareness #SaveLives #KeepCalmAndKnowTheSigns

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Velasquez spent her childhood thinking she wasn’t any different from other kids.

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Her family always made it a point to treat her like any other family member and never discussed her condition as something that was different.

“At the time I thought that everyone looked like me. I couldn’t recognize or tell that they didn’t look like me,” Velasquez recalls.

That all changed when Velasquez was 17.

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One afternoon, while looking for music on YouTube, Velasquez came across a video titled The World’s Ugliest Woman, which showed her during an TV interview.

Strangers on the Internet were telling Velasquez to kill herself.

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But she didn’t let the hateful comments defeat her.

Velasquez decided to confront the bullying.

Velasquez has taken her fight all the way to Capitol Hill.

Morning of Day 2 on Capitol Hill. #endbullyingssia

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Filmmaker Sara Hirsch Bordo followed Velasquez and documented her story.

Big Lizzie, Little Sara!

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Check out the full trailer below (You’re going to need a box of tissues):

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