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.
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.
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