Jewel Shuping, 30, claims to have Body Integrity Identity Disorder, ( which is a real, legitimate condition ) where able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled. “By the time I was six I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she told Barcroft TV. As a teen Shuping said she began wearing thick, black sunglasses and walking with a cane. By the age of 20, she was even fluent in braille.
In 2006, Shuping found a psychologist who was willing to help her become blind. The psychologist began putting numbing drops in her eyes, followed by a couple of drops of drain cleaner. “It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” she told Barcroft TV. “But all I could think was ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.'” It took about half a year for the damage to take effect.Eventually, one of her eyes had to be removed and the other had glaucoma and cataracts.
At first, Shuping told her family that it was all an accident, but they eventually found out the truth. Shuping’s mother and sister are no longer speaking to her.