One of our fave contestants from the most recent Bachelor season has now opened up about her ‘quite big’ disability.

In an Instagram post Lily McManus said: “I have a hearing impairment, quite a big one. I wear hearing aids.”

She spoke about how she found out about her condition at 15 years old.

“I was like, ‘No. there’s nothing wrong with me, f**k you, f**k the world'”, she said, revealing she spent years being angry about it and “refused to believe that I had a disadvantage in this world. I felt so powerless about it, which is stupid.”

She also revealed she will never have “normal” hearing and could even be deaf by the time she’s 40.

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When I was even more of a fetus than I am now (15) I found out some pretty heavy news. I know now that there are so many bigger issues in the world but to a 15 year old girl, it cut pretty deep. Coming from the most indestructible child that used to throw herself in 10ft waves at the beach out front of her house in a thunderstorm whilst still wearing her school uniform socks, It fucking sucked. I could catch spiders in cups but this wasn’t the kind of problem I could ever manage to get inside a cup. 7 years ago you wouldn’t have heard about it. Yet today I believe that speaking about what’s up is single handedly the most important thing you can do for both yourself and those around you. I wear hearing aids. My ears fucking suck real bad. But that’s okay. Coming to terms with a disability/illness/mental health issues, anything you have but can’t control is bloody hard. Take it from me, it took me almost 7 years to feel all good about it. Dream outcome is having this help at least one person take another step towards coming to terms with something. I know I’m just a bachelor wash up but I’m always free to talk if anyone needs it. (Congratulations if you made it through all of these videos, I barely did) Look after each other.

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Lily explains why she has never spoken about it publicly until now, saying she wanted to tell her story in her own way, and not for the sake of a TV show.

“I believe that speaking about what’s up is single-handedly the most important thing you can do for both yourself and those around you…Coming to terms with a disability/illness/mental health issues, anything you have but can’t control is bloody hard,” she wrote.

Source: Stuff.co.nz

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