A one-handed female claims being ghosted by men erstwhile they discovered her disablement near her truthful 'embarrassed' she would hide it - but has yet learned to show it disconnected pinch pride.
Leona Brown, 31, spent almost 2 decades hiding her commencement defect connected societal media and avoiding dates pinch men arsenic she was self-conscious of her condition, which meant her manus had not developed decently successful nan womb.
By nan clip she was clubbing aged 18 she said she would usage her clutch container to conceal her disablement and would locomotion astir pinch her arms folded astatine schoolhouse and successful public.
And erstwhile nan mother-of-one did pluck up nan courageousness to meet pinch a imaginable suitor, she claims men would often shade her aft discovering her limb and garbage to meet up again.
Leona, an embroiderer from Middlesbrough successful North Yorkshire, said she first became self-conscious astir her disablement aged 8 astatine superior schoolhouse erstwhile different pupils started to telephone her names and stare.
Leona Brown claims being ghosted by men erstwhile they discovered her disablement near her truthful 'embarrassed' she would hide it
She said astir of nan torment came from boys who called her names for illustration 'baby hand' and 'foot hand' and said nan teasing stuck pinch her arsenic she grew up.
But now, Leona is connected a ngo to normalise her disablement and says she nary longer cares what group think.
Instead, she bravely shares videos discussing 'life pinch 1 hand' connected societal media to promote others to conscionable 'be yourself'.
She explained: 'From nan property of 8 I started to hide [my hand].
'I started to announcement group questioning my manus and staring astatine it - this is erstwhile I began to locomotion astir pinch my arms crossed aliases hide it nether my sleeve.
'I was teased a lot. It was usually erstwhile I met caller group that would make comments and I would get group saying 'baby hand' aliases that I had a ft connected my hand.
'From nan property of 8 to 27 I hid my manus and it became a normal point for maine to do.
'The teasing made maine consciousness truthful different from everyone other and I hated this.
But nan 31-year-old has yet learned to show disconnected her manus pinch pride
Leona is connected a ngo to normalise her disablement and says she nary longer cares what group think
Leona utilized to hide her manus pinch her clutch container erstwhile she went retired clubbing
'I hid my manus a batch from boys. It was chiefly boys successful superior schoolhouse that said things to maine and this stuck pinch me.
'As I sewage older, I did person boyfriends, but I would ne'er beryllium my existent aforesaid astir them and would hide my manus from them.
'I would debar going connected dates for nutrient and debar situations wherever I would person to usage my manus successful beforehand of them arsenic this frightened me.
'From nan property of 18 I was moreover much aforesaid conscious astir my manus pinch boys.
'I started making love group done Facebook but I would hide my hand in each photograph truthful you wouldn't moreover cognize I had this disability.
'When I utilized to spell retired clubbing I would hide my manus pinch my clutch container and put my limb astir it truthful you couldn't spot it.
'I was ever truthful embarrassed by it and would ne'er put myself retired there.
'In nan past, I person had men shade maine and extremity messaging if they noticed my hand. They would spot it and ne'er connection maine again. This decidedly happened a fewer times.'
Leona was calved pinch nan congenital information Symbrachydactyly
The information affects a azygous precocious limb and tin origin immoderate fingers to beryllium undeveloped aliases not to create astatine all
Leona was calved pinch nan congenital information - known arsenic Symbrachydactyly - which affects a azygous precocious limb and tin origin immoderate fingers to beryllium undeveloped aliases not to create astatine all.
She said it was only erstwhile she had her boy astatine 22 that she began to commencement embracing her manus arsenic she wanted to beryllium seen arsenic a domiciled exemplary to her first child.
Leona has now created a TikTok page to raise consciousness of her disablement and hopes to empower others pinch nan aforesaid condition.
On her page, she shares some humorous and much superior videos to make ray of her manus and normalise it wrong society.
Leona said: 'I had my boy erstwhile I was 22. This was a large turning constituent for maine arsenic I kept telling him to beryllium himself and clasp who he was but I wasn't doing this.
'I knew I needed to commencement being my afloat aforesaid and embracing my manus arsenic I now had personification looking up to me. I wanted to beryllium a domiciled exemplary for him.
'I past made my TikTok page successful lockdown.
'I recovered much group connected nan app pinch nan aforesaid information arsenic me. Before this I hadn't seen anyone pinch it.
She wanted to beryllium a bully domiciled exemplary for him truthful began to clasp her hand
'This is erstwhile I started up nan page and it helped maine go much accepting of my manus and go much confident.
'When I was increasing up, location was hardly immoderate practice of disability, which is why I make my TikTok truthful group tin study much astir it.
'I make funny videos to pull group to my page, which lets them spot much of my much superior videos too.
'For example, I station astir getting my nails done for half nan price. I telephone it a five-finger discount. My nail tech charges maine £15 for a group of gel manicures.
'I besides show myself successful nan gym and really I complete regular tasks pinch my condition.'
Leona said she now feels assured successful her disablement and posts photos showing her manus connected her societal media.
She besides explained really she goes to nan gym connected her own, which is thing she hadn't done until nan property of 21 for fearfulness of group staring astatine her hand.
Leona said: 'Before I was 21, I would ne'er person stepped ft successful a gym because I knew it was a spot wherever I couldn't hide my hand.
Leona said she now feels assured successful her disablement and posts photos showing her manus connected her societal media
She besides explained really she goes to nan gym connected her own, which is thing she hadn't done until nan property of 21 for fearfulness of group staring astatine her hand
She has started a TikTok relationship to thief normalise her disability
'My friends push maine much and much to do normal things and this really helped.
'I now station photos showing my manus which is thing I wouldn't person done before. I clasp it now and look astatine it pinch a different attitude.
'My aforesaid assurance has grown massively since having my son.
'This twelvemonth connected nan reality TV show Married astatine First Sight, location is nan first ever contestant without a limb.
'Reality TV shows including group pinch akin conditions is truthful bully to spot and makes maine happy.
'The amended represented a disablement for illustration excavation is, nan much normalised it will become.
'And this is what I americium trying to do pinch my TikTok.
'I would opportunity to my younger aforesaid and anyone other that has my disablement to conscionable beryllium yourself. It's nan champion point you tin do and it will unfastened up a batch much opportunities.'