Two inspiring women who lack limbs have become best friends because of their similar hardships.
Jlissa Austin, 31, from Houston, Texas, stands at 3 & # 39; 4 "and was born without arms, knees and with only seven toes.
Chassidy Young, 32, from Dallas, is living with Tetra-Amelia Syndrome – also 3 & # 39; 4 ", she was born with a rare congenital disorder that left her without hands and very short legs.
After sharing their stories in the media, they have since become best friends due to their very rare agreements.
With their friendship that went from strength to strength, they have now first met in person with Chassidy traveling through the state to visit Jlissa.
None of them had ever met someone like her before and the emotional moment of their meeting was recorded on camera.
Chassidy Young, 32, and Jlissa Austin, 31. (right) from Texas, felt that no one understood what they were going through until they found each other and became best friends
Chassidy said: & I saw the story of Jlissa and I became so emotional.
& # 39; I was like, "I can't be the only person on this whole earth who misses arms. Where are they?"
& # 39; And then Jlissa confirmed that there is actually someone who shares the same experience as me. I was like "I have to find her".
& # 39; If you don't see people like you, it feels like you're the only person in the world who is like that.
Chassidy traveled the state from her home in Dallas, to Jlissa, who lives in Houston to meet her
Chassidy and Jlissa met in Houston with Jlissa & # 39; s partner Jonathan (right) and Chassidy & # 39; s sister Ashley (left)
& # 39; Everyone needs an identity. I am so happy that I met Jlissa because I now have someone to identify with.
& # 39; You know, we have our family and we have our friends. But those are the moments when you need someone like you because we have our own struggles that they can never have to deal with. "
About 30 years ago, doctors predicted that Jlissa could never live a normal life, and to this day she still does not know what caused her abnormalities.
But Jlissa has certainly proven that her doubters are wrong – learning to use her feet when performing daily tasks such as brushing her teeth and texting on her phone.
Jlissa, who is getting married next year to a 14-year-old partner Jonathan, said doctors predicted she could never live a normal life
The two women, who say that their birth defects do not limit their lives, said they became emotional when they discovered each other
She said: & # 39; Most of the questions I get are actually: & # 39; How to eat & # 39 ;, & # 39; How do you write? & # 39 ;, & # 39; Who takes you to the toilet? & # 39 ;, & # 39; Who does your makeup on? & # 39 ;.
& # 39; My condition has not affected anything in my life.
& # 39; There are so many people who cannot be themselves because they are afraid of the world.
& # 39; You must be yourself and be grateful. That's what me and Chassidy are doing now. "
Chassidy was born without hands and with short legs and lives with Tetra-Amelia syndrome
When she got ready to meet Jlissa at home in Dallas, Chassidy (shown to do her hair and makeup) could barely hide her excitement
Chassidy learned the same way to use her feet to perform activities that she would otherwise struggle with.
Both women are receiving a lot of staring and pointing in the public space, but they have quickly learned to ignore their haters and remain positive towards the people closest to them.
Chassidy said: & I prefer that children come up and say to me: "Hey lady, what's wrong, where are your hands, why do you look so little like me?"
& # 39; And then we can have a conversation. I always try not to be offended.
Jlissa (photo) was born with birth defects, so she had no knees, but seven toes and no arms. She has found love with a good friend, Johnathan Shorter (photo)
Chassidy, pictured with Ashley, said she felt her future & # 39; null limits & # 39; had and wants to advocate for people who, just like her, feel that they are different
& # 39; I don't call it a handicap, because it makes it sound like something is limiting you to do something else. It limits you from A to B.
& # 39; But I made it. A, B, C, D. E, F, G – you name it. & # 39;
What is Tetra-Amelia syndrome
This very rare condition is characterized by the absence of all four limbs.
I can also cause serious malformations of other parts of the body.
In several cases, the patient's lungs are underdeveloped, leading to breathing difficulties.
Most children diagnosed with Tetra-Amelia are stillborn or die shortly after birth.
The syndrome can be detected during prenatal scans during pregnancy.
According to a 2011 study by Bermejo-Sanchez, the syndrome occurs in about 1 in every 71,000 pregnancies.
Jlissa and Chassidy have gathered thousands of followers on their social profiles and continue to thank the Barcroft TV series Born Different for bringing them together.
Chassidy said: I really appreciate Barcroft TV and what they do. My experience with them has been great.
& # 39; I hope they continue to help raise awareness. & # 39;
Jlissa added: & # 39; I really loved the experience to tell my story. And through Born Different I have received so many positive messages. I'm just so happy for the opportunity. & # 39;
Jlissa is currently planning her wedding with fiancé, Jonathan, a 5 & 6 "valid man – with a date for next year.
While Chassidy, along with Jlissa, remains an advocate for people with & # 39; disabilities & # 39; and helps others learn to love their bodies no matter what.
Chassidy said: & I think there are no limits to my future.
& # 39; Being an advocate for people with & # 39; Handicaps & # 39; is very important to me, so I will continue to do so. "
They are overjoyed to have met each other in person and cannot wait to continue their friendship.
Jlissa added: & # 39; The future is strong for me and Chassidy. We are friends forever. & # 39;
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