0001 Hunter People need to understand that it’s ok to be different. It’s ok to not fit the norm because there is no norm. 0009 COMM When people first meet teenager Hunter Steinitz, many believe she’s been a victim of horrific burns. In fact, Hunter was born with ultrarare genetic condition, Harlequin Ichthyosis, meaning her skin is too thick and leaves Hunter with scaly dry patches all over her body. 0025 COMM Her arrival in the world was a shock for mum Patty and dad Mark. 0030 Mark You can tell in all of those individuals,.
Those medical people in the room, their faces, right then, I knew something was clearly wrong. 0041 COMM In the past, sufferers often died early because they miss vital defence barriers in their skin. Today, raised awareness and new medical techniques are helping people like Hunter live long lives. 0054 COMM The condition poses many challenges for sufferers, who have to grow up in a world where people point, stare and react badly to them. 0103 Hunter Gym was the worst because gym, you know, you’re forced to be in physical content with one another. People would flip out and.
A lot of the time the teachers wouldn’t do anything because they don’t know how to react. 0116 COMM After years of harsh bullying, Hunter started to question things. 0120 Hunter Maybe I deserved it. Maybe, you know, I was this freak and I was this different entity. I didn’t deserve to be around normal people. 0131 COMM But not everyone was mean. Some pals, like Samantha Beers stuck by her, no matter what. 0136 Samantha I’ve been friends with her since we were 3 because she was there for me when I needed her.
Teenager Suffering From Rare Harlequin Syndrome
0140 COMM With support from her true friends and loved ones like dad, Mark, Hunter turned a corner and began to change the way she saw herself. 0148 Hunter I’d be a totally different person without it. My family would be different people, I wouldn’t have the same friends and so I owe everything about my life to, you know, the disorder. 0201 Mark She recognises that she can do whatever she chooses to do, and that there isn’t anybody out there, regardless of the kind of confrontation they provide her because of what she looks like, that can prevent her from doing it.
0216 COMM With a new lease of life, Hunter is now helping to educate others with motivational speaking. 0222 Hunter People need to understand that it’s ok to be different. It’s ok to not fit the norm because there is no norm. 0231 COMM With a fresh outlook, Hunter is now preparing for life at university and she’s ready for anything. 0236 Hunter For every 2 idiot who can’t get it into their thick skulls, there’s another 3 who are gonna open up to some level, who are gonna be able to see past it and be able to see me. I’m not normal and proud of it.