Jake Vella, an eight-year-old schoolboy from Malta, has a life-threatening hormonal illness, and he’s fighting to stay alive by competing in triathlons. In 2015, Jake was diagnosed with ROHHAD (rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysregulation, hypoventilation, and autonomic dysregulation), which causes him to keep gaining weight despite his rigorous efforts to exercise and eat healthy.
ROHHAD affects the nervous system controlling involuntary actions. People with this illness can show a variety of symptoms such as slow heartbeat, excessive sweating, altered pupil response to light, and the inability to maintain normal water balance in the body. Only less than 100 people have ever been diagnosed with this condition, and doctors are not sure how long Jake has left to live as no sufferer has ever survived past their 20s.
Jake suffers from a life-threatening hormonal illness.
In order to survive and remain as healthy as possible, Jake participates in triathlons. He trains with his coach, Matt Azzopardi. And despite the judgmental looks he sometimes receives from people who are unaware of his condition, Jake hopes to follow the success of the Brownlee brothers, Team GB’s famous Olympic medalists.
He competes in triathlons to keep as healthy as possible.
Jake’s mother, Maruska, told the Daily Mail:
“Triathlons help Jake to keep fit and active. It’s good for his health and also gives him a chance to socialize with other kids. He leads a normal life, goes to school, plays the drums, but he has to be very careful not to get sick. We are frightened that a simple flu could lead to other complications.
“He trains with the Malta Youth Triathlon Association three times a week, and it really is like a second family to him. All the other young athletes and their families are so supportive of Jake, and they are the first ones to cheer him across the finish line. Now we have shared Jake’s story on social media, people from all over have come forward to say how he has touched their hearts. We are so overwhelmed.”
Jake’s story has been getting a lot of publicity, and many people are expressing their support.
Jake’s trainer, Mr. Azzopardi, said:
“He is extremely positive and motivated and easily the most dedicated. He never misses a training session without valid reason and is constantly eager to train. Jake is very lovable and steals the heart of all who know him. It is sad and heartbreaking to see what he has to go through.
“I look at his family with a mixture of sympathy and admiration – despite the hardship, they do their utmost to ensure that Jake gets as normal a life as possible.”
Jake trains hard with his coach, and he’s determined to remain as active as possible.
“Jake was always included in the group and followed the same training and adapted as and when the need arises. Some alterations are necessary in order to meet his special needs such as having to stop and go to the bathroom or keeping an eye on his heart rate and ensuring he doesn’t get too hot. But I always tell him not to change, to keep going and to do his best. He is an inspiration for so many.”
Jake’s story should be a reminder for all of us to cherish the life we’ve been given. We’re rooting for this boy!
Hundreds Of Yellow Cars Flooded a Posh Village to Support Old Man’s “Eyesore” Car
Vandals smashed his car windows and wrote “move” because the vehicle was “ugly”.
Retired dentist Peter Maddox, 84, was left without a choice but to scrap his yellow Vauxhall Corsa car after vandals scratched the word “move” and smashed the driver's side window and rear windscreen.
Later on, mechanics told him that repairing all the damage and respraying the vehicle will cost thousands of dollars. So he decided to scrap it instead.
People have often slammed Maddox’ banana-colored car as an “eyesore.”
Each Morning, Her Father Sneaked in Her Room While She Was Sleeping Just To Do One Thing
This is a sad but beautiful story.
Every day, we see images of beautiful men women with perfect skin, gorgeous bodies, and attractive smiles - be it in magazines, films, television, or on the internet. Our minds have been conditioned to stereotype beauty and perceive it the way the media wants us to see it. And, almost always, such perception leads to an unrealistic concept of beauty and a distorted view of one's own body image.
Struggling with a seemingly undesirable body image is not something that must be treated like a joke. It causes people to have low self-esteem and poor self-confidence and may even lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
Eating disorders are not simple matters, either. Surely, those who have struggled with anorexia and bulimia will be able to tell you that. There are a lot of sad stories about them, but there are also an equally significant number of happy ones about people's journey to recovery and their renewed sense of self-worth.
Iskra Lawrence Is Proof That You Don’t Need To Be Skinny To Be Pretty
She rocked those curves!
A lot of women have struggled with insecurities involving their body shape. The media has always portrayed that skinny women are prettier and are always the ones worthy to land on magazine covers and spreads. However, in this modern age, women have become more empowered and confident about their bodies, that they have come to realize and accept that being skinny doesn’t always mean being pretty. One of the best examples of how beauty doesn’t mean being too thin is English model Iskra Lawrence.
Iskra was born on Sept. 11, 1990 in Wolverhampton in England. She models for Aerie, a clothing brand under American Eagle Outfitters. She is not the usual size 0 models that people are used to seeing on the runway. At the same time, she is unlike the gorgeous plus size models that are gaining recognition nowadays. Still, Iskra Lawrence has this unique body type that people don’t often see on magazine covers.
Iskra Lawrence may not be stick thin, but she rocks her curves.
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