Woman Used Chemicals to Blind Herself Because She ‘Identified’ as Blind

August 9, 2017 | 12 Comments » | Topics: WTF

Jewel Shuping was born with perfectly healthy eyes, but she told Barcroft TV in a recent interview that growing up there was always something missing.

“By the time I was six I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she said. She fantasized constantly about losing her vision, and spent hours staring directly at the sun after her mother warned her that it would damage her eyes.

At first, Shuping simply pretended to be blind, going about with sunglasses on, her eyes closed, and using a cane to navigate. She also became fluent in braille. But after a while, that just wasn’t enough.

“By the time I was 21 it was a non-stop alarm that was going off,” she says in the video. So, she did the only rational thing: She got a sympathetic psychologist to pour drain cleaner in her eyes.

“I laid down on the sofa, and he sat next to me, dropped two drops into each eye,” she says matter-of-factly. “In the moment, all I could think of was ‘I’m going blind, it’s going to be okay.’”

“When I woke up the following day, I was joyful, until I turned on my back, opened my eyes, and could see the TV screen,” she says. Then, thankfully, over the next six months her eyes gradually failed due to the damage, and Shuping was finally blind like she’d always dreamed. She says she has no regrets.

“I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” she told Barcroft.

Shuping initially told family members her blindness was due to an accident, but they later found out the truth, and both her mother and sister cut off contact.

Officially, Shuping’s desire to be blind is labeled body integrity identity disorder (BIID), an ailment where people with healthy bodies strongly desire a disability. Most of those with the disorder seek to amputate healthy limbs, though, while Shuping’s desire to mutilate her eyes is less common. Those who seek to become disabled in this way often are described, and identify as, “transabled.”

Shuping is willing to admit that her self-mutilation stems from a disorder, and she says she hopes others don’t follow her path.

“Don’t go blind the way I did. I know there is a need but perhaps someday there will be treatment for it.”


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  • Dan

    The psychologist needs to be in jail. This woman has a mental disorder and should have been treated for it. How is this different then someone assisting another individual in suicide? I don’t mean death related to terminal illness, I mean a suicide related to mental illness. This woman’s story should go up as a warning about the dangers of not helping those who are mentally ill.

    • Richard_Romano

      It’s such a joke. I can’t believe she actually did this to herself. What a sick world.

  • Pauly Incorrect

    This is great! Hopefully it will inspire men who identify as women to chop off their own penises with a rusty hacksaw.

  • Zer0FiveSeven

    No different than any other asshole out there “identifying” as whatever the fuck they want to pretend to be that day.

  • Olger Danske

    I identify myself as immensely wealthy, so I’ll go to a Ferrari dealer and urge him to sell me a brand new car… and if he disagree, I’ll sue him!

  • Christopher Franklin

    She needs to identify with being a whack job. Does every totally screwed up person have some kind of “disorder.? Despite being blind she apparently has no trouble finding the refrigerator.

  • jbspry

    All these “body dysmorphic disorders” are forms of mental illness. Those on the Left who champion such things as fundamental human rights are cruel bastards exploiting the afflicted.

  • Darkcloud

    Does she receive any disability payments for her “blindness”?
    Any extra tax payer funded programs to help her navigate through life?

    Should folks who purposely “disable” themselves be eligible for all the support that
    folks who were born that way receive?
    What do the truly “disabled” think about these folks?
    Derision, disgust, hatred?

  • hawgowar

    I identify as Donald Trump. So, does that mean I get to bang Melania?

  • MattTarango

    Pull the psychologist’s license, lock the dumb fuck up, and put this looney tune in the booby-hatch, where she belongs. Oh, and put her on a diet. She offends my eyes, and brain.

  • Sol

    God damn, give the woman a break. She’s happy with it and it’s her lifestyle to choose, granted she may regret it. Yes it stems from a mental disorder but hopefully this’ll raise awareness for it and the dangers of not getting proper treatment.

  • PJfromNJ

    Extremely weird.