When you’re young, it seems the possibilities are endless. The future is wide open—especially when it comes to forming a close relationship with someone for the rest of your life. But for those marred by debilitating diseases, love can be a challenge.
Sophie Walker from Norfolk, United Kingdom, has suffered from neurofibromas tumors for her entire young life. The condition is incurable, and she recalls the dread she felt of spending her life alone.
Sophie, an agriculture student, was called “tumor girl” by taunters
“After years of cruel comments and bad dating experiences I thought I’d never meet a nice guy,” Sophie told the Daily Mail. But Sophie, 22, has defied the odds and has finally found the love of her life.
“Men used to keep me secret and would be embarrassed to be seen with me. But now I’ve finally found someone who makes me feel beautiful and loves me for who I am,” she said.
Sophie and boyfriend Christian Dibden have been dating each other for five months. They knew each other from their college days but had since lost touch, but the couple went on a dinner date last September and that’s when they fell in love.
She finally found love
“My facial tumor is a benign tumor, which has grown steadily since birth. People always asked why I couldn’t just get it removed, but because it is attached to nerve endings, completely removing it would actually paralyze my face,” she explained.
Out for a dinner date.
“With the support of my loved ones, I have finally found the confidence to be myself. And that’s what really makes me beautiful,” she said.
She underwent major surgery in November 2009, when she was 14.
Sophie and Christian
Sophie and her mother
Sophie’s got the courage to believe in herself. A true inspiration!