More and more people are self-amputating themselves or undergoing illegal surgeries because they believe they were born to be a person with disability.
In case you haven't heard the term floating around the internet already, let us tell you what exactly 'transabled' means. Transabled are those who identify as people with disabilities and often undergo painful illegal surgeries to amputate themselves and remove a PROPERLY functioning part of their bodies and if they are unable to afford it or find a doctor who is willing to risk their career to do so, they self-harm and hurt themselves, often amputating their own body parts because it brings them 'pleasure' and 'happiness.'
The transabled community is becoming more and more prominent day by day and even though they are small in number, as of now, transabled people are making news for coming off as rude and insulting to the ones who are actually born with a life-long disability. Jewel Shuping, a 30-year-old woman from North Carolina, purposely blinded herself with a help of a doctor by pouring drain cleaner in her eyes.
As horrifying and painful it sounds, Shuping says that the whole experience made her feel much better and happier as her eyes used to 'scream' and she always felt as if she was supposed to be born blind. “I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” Shuping told the Daily Mail. “When there’s nobody around you who feels the same way, you start to think that you’re crazy. But I don’t think I’m crazy, I just have a disorder.”
A disorder? Yes, according to some these people suffer from a neurological disorder known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder makes people believe that they are stuck in wrong bodies and the person suffering from it constantly struggles with an imbalance of their thoughts and body. On the other hand, Apotemnophilia is a kind of paraphilia which literally stands for love for amputation. People with Apotemnophilia get a sexual release out of self-harm and amputation.
The paraphilia and the disorder, however, are not always connected and the ones suffering from BIID really need immediate medical attention before they hurt themselves. Jewel also urges the same, "Don't go blind the way I did. I know there is a need but perhaps someday there will be treatment for it. People with BIID get trains to run over their legs, freeze dry their legs, or fall off cliffs to try to paralyze themselves. It's very very dangerous. And they need professional help."
Chloe Jennings-White, a 59-year-old woman from Utah, identifies as a transabled person and recently grabbed the attention of social media for acting like a person with a severe disability when her body is 100% functional and healthy. Chloe spends most of her time on a wheelchair. She currently cannot afford surgery and it makes her really uncomfortable. “Something in my brain tells me my legs are not supposed to work. Having any sensation in them just feels wrong," she revealed.
She also admits that she tries to go skiing and attempts other thrilling adventures because she wishes she'd lose her legs one day. “I ski extremely fast and aim for the most dangerous runs. Doing any activity that brings a chance of me becoming paraplegic gives me a sense of relief from the anxiety caused by the BIID.” She was once hospitalized for riding a bike too fast and landed herself in a hospital as a very young age for the same reason.
But, naturally, the people who actually have a disability can't wrap their heads around these claims and well, can anything ever justify cutting off your own body parts? "This transabled bullshit pisses me off. If I had the choice of NOT being disabled I'd take it without a second thought. Ppl who think they are #transabled need serious intensive psychotherapy and serious medication. At least they have that in their "favor" they're mentally ill!" tweeted a person.
Just to put it here, BIID currently has no legal status and is not mentioned in DSM-V as an actual disorder and many doctors and psychologists believe that it is not a real thing and only a cry for attention. What are your thoughts on transabled people?