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abbigraddy

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Hello,

My name is Abbi and I am a 20 year old aspiring model and lupus warrior living in Northern California. I was diagnosed with SLE when I was fifteen. Because of my illness, I was forced to quit my AP classes, leave the basketball team and drama club, and eventually had to leave high school altogether. Now, five years later, I have worked so hard to create a balance in my life that allows me to stay healthy while still being able to pursue my dream of becoming a professional model. This year, I have been selected by IMD models to compete in the International Modeling and Talent Association 2015 New York convention, the most prestigious competition in the world! I would love to be able to use this opportunity to show young girls everywhere, especially those living with a chronic illness, that you don't have to be defined by your disease. We are warriors, not victims, and we can do anything if we work hard enough! I just need a little bit of help to make my dreams a reality. I have created a donation fund at http://www.gofundme.com/abbi4imta and it would mean so very much to me if you could help me share my story. I know that not everyone is able to make a donation, but anyone can help spread the word. Every "like" and "share" helps get the message out there- that lupus can be beautiful too!
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you're cute -- Smiley  -- good luck in NY.
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And come back often. We have other young people on the boards who like to hear from people their age. [smile]
abbigraddy

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Thank you guys, some people on this site are not so kind. It's a shame, we should be working to build each other up, not tear each other down. 

Have a great rest of your day [smile]
Abbi
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you need to understand - most people on this site are basically broke abbi - asking people for cash for any reason never goes over well …in any event, best wishes.
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Again, I would like to point out that I am NOT asking anyone for cash. Just help sharing my story.
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ok, fine - but there are a couple other thousand stories ahead of you - perhaps even more heart warming or share-worthy than your own - so, get in line.

btw - posting a gofundme link = asking for $ ...... no matter what you now claim your intentions were....didn't they ever teach you in modeling school that 1st impressions are important?

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The GoFundMe account is really offensive, Abbi. I'm brand new here and seeing that got me to jump in and comment. There's no place here for your fundraising but you can be a great example to some of the younger people I've seen here.

I hope you stick around.
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ok, fine - but there are a couple other thousand stories ahead of you - perhaps even more heart warming or share-worthy than your own - so, get in line.

btw - posting a gofundme link = asking for $ ...... no matter what you now claim your intentions were....didn't they ever teach you in modeling school that 1st impressions are important?

:') :') :')
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Why are you crying?
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Who's crying
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:') :') :')


is that what it is?

tears of joy perhaps 'cause there's a  )





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:') :') :')


is that what it is?

tears of joy perhaps 'cause there's a  )





Apparently.

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Laughing tears haha
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I got it (but I've seen it before). Still, I like these interpretations better: 

a. I think I lost an eyelash.
b. I never got past my emo stage.
c. I somehow got a pencil stuck in my cheek, ha-ha!
d. I'm smiling with a French accent.
e. Oo! You can kiss! But what happened to the other half of your fake mustache?


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