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Watch this to stop feeling sorry for yourself

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So... I'm currently watching the learning channel and they have this whole clan of people with rare skin conditions on...

I am always on here venting about how acne makes me upset but after seeing this man on TLC I can't feel so bad for myself...

VERY GRAPHIC>>> BE FOREWARNED:

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This is just a youtube video of the same guy... not the TLC special...

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Imagine how much more strength (by the hundreds) it took for him to not commit suicide in comparison to an acne sufferer who fights suicide.

A lot of people here saying that their life is ruined because of acne and that they are going to commit suicide should take in some of this man's courage and strength.

Now that is what I call "life is ruined". And yet he doesn't give up.

I truly wish the best for this guy... Definitely puts acne in perspective (of course, not saying that acne's nothing...).

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I just saw the same show a little while ago. There were quite some other far-gone people with absolutely terrible diseases: like the woman whose face looked like half of it had almost melted off! Or the man with the large and numerous skin "bubbles". Horrible stuff!

But again, what is the advice that people always tell you is the key to happiness? Stop comparing yourself to others. I know, as an acne sufferer, that it feels near impossible not to compare my appearance against those who look better than me - and this only succeeds in making me feel worse about myself. However, the opposite is true ... and just as wrong. Comparing one's appearance against people we deem to be worse off than us may make us feel better temporarily because we feel pity for the other person. But how healthy is it to do that? And how fair is that to those people? They wouldn't want to be condescended to or pitied, anymore than an acne sufferer would.

The best thing to do is to stop comparing altogether. Have compassion for people who suffer greatly, but don't start a mental analysis of how much better off you are than them.

The greatest, and only, comparisons a person should make is against herself. Be grateful for what you have, be proud of how far you've come, be glad that you are working to make yourself better.

I know its incredibly hard to remember or do - I fail more times than not at this. But it truly does make you a happier person. :think:

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woah it actually looks like his hands are.... trees. wow that's crazy! yeah that is muchhh worse than acne. imagine how that poor guy must feel? :(

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I remember reading this few months ago, and they actually found a cure that can help him. Can you guess what it is? Vitamin A.

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It's not a cure. He'll never look normal. He's had at least four surgeries so far, and his hands and feet still look really bad. But he'll be better off than he was, at least.

The "Tree Man of Java" is now able to send text messages and eat from his hands after operations to remove the bark-like tissue sprouting from his limbs.

New photos show that Dede Koswara's treatment - revealed on Telegraph.co.uk this weekend - is proving a success and helping him live a more normal life.

The images, taken in an Indonesian hospital, show him using a mobile phone and eating and drinking unaided. Around 4lbs of warty horns have been removed from his limbs, allowing him to use his hands and walk without pain for the first time in 20 years.

Dede, 37, now hopes to find a bride after two more operations to graft undamaged skin onto his hands, feet and face.

Speaking from an Indonesian hospital, Dede told the Telegraph: "What I really want first is to get better and find a job. But then, one day, who knows? I might meet a girl and get married."

Dede's ordeal began when he was 15 and cut his knee in an accident. A small wart developed on his lower leg and spread uncontrollably.

Eventually he had to give up work as a builder and fisherman, and scratch a living in a traveling freak show.

His wife of ten years left him as it became impossible for him to support her and their two children. Late last year, however, Dede's plight was highlighted in a Discovery Channel documentary.

The documentary team took American dermatology expert Dr Anthony Gaspari to Indonesia to see if he could find a cure. Dr Gaspari, of the University of Maryland, concluded Dede's affliction was caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common infection usually causing only small warts.

Dede's problem was that he has an extremely rare immune system deficiency, leaving his body unable to contain the warts.

The virus was therefore able to "hijack the cellular machinery of his skin cells", ordering them to produce massive amounts of the substance causing tree-like growths known as "cutaneous horns".

After clearing up a dispute about authorisation with the Indonesian government, Dr Gaspari returned to Indonesia and is now liaising with the doctors caring for Dede at the Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, West Java.

Dede went under the knife for his first operation in January. In the most recent operation, in March, doctors removed growths on his feet. The medics are now trying to ensure that the warts don't grow back.

Dede is taking vitamin A tablets to boost his immune system, and Dr Gaspari is hoping to get expensive anti-viral medicine available only in the US.

His father Ateng, 72, said: "You can see the form of his 10 toes now. He can wear flip flops. He loves doing sudokus. He is in good condition."

Ateng added: "The first priority is to get cured and get a job, but as a father, of course I want my son to remarry. He is a normal guy and he is still a young man."

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i can't believe it. this makes me feel luckier, i wonder what it was like growing up. i respect him for bearing the condition

He cut himself when he was 15 and grew a wart that developed into...that.

Like monsters? Google

dicephalic twins

anencephalic

pypopagus

cyclops baby

harlequin fetus (warning!!!)

and you will see that you were born nearly perfect.

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i can't believe it. this makes me feel luckier, i wonder what it was like growing up. i respect him for bearing the condition

He cut himself when he was 15 and grew a wart that developed into...that.

Like monsters? Google

dicephalic twins

anencephalic

pypopagus

cyclops baby

harlequin fetus (warning!!!)

and you will see that you were born nearly perfect.

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