This week we’ve had four stories published on the topic of what happens when your body goes wrong – physically or mentally. Our clients have chosen to sell their stories to raise awareness of unusual health conditions and send a powerful message to other sufferers – that they’re not alone. You can read all of the stories in full by clicking on the images below.
BODY SHOCK! SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES AS BEAST
Lizzy, 28, had always been proud of her clear skin, so she was horrified to wake one morning to find her face covered in ugly boils. She started vigorous treatment, including leprosy medication and acid peels but pretty Lizzy hated looking like ‘a monster’. But then she used her looks to act as a slave affected by the pox at a re-enactment – where she met Keith, who fell for her inner beauty. Her story is in this week’s Reveal magazine.
TRAPPED AND TORTURED – BY SOLDIER HUBBY
When Sarah, 28, welcomed her soldier hubby Mike*, 26, home from his tour of Afghanistan, she couldn’t wait to settle into married life. But just 24 hours later, a traumatised Mike held his terrified wife hostage, convinced she was an enemy Taliban commander. After four hours of torture at the hands of her husband, Sarah finally escaped. Mike was treated for PTSD and the pair were reunited. Now rebuilding their relationship for the future, the couple sold their story to Pick Me Up magazine.
50 FIRST DATES: I FORGET EVERY 24 HOURS
After a horror car crash left Leigh-Ann in a coma she made an astonishing full recovery, apart from just one thing – her memory. The stunning 21-year-old forgets everything new that happens to her each day – just like Drew Barrymore’s character in film 50 First Dates. Wanting nothing more than to find her Mr Right, Leigh-Ann’s been on 15 dates since the crash – but forgotten every single one of them. Leigh-Ann, from the USA, told her shocking story to More magazine.
ROCK HARD! I’M TURNING INTO A HUMAN STATUE
Ashley, 31, has an extremely rare condition which causes her muscles to fuse into bone, literally turning her into a human statue. She’s lost the use of her arms, leg, back, neck and it won’t be long until her jaw is locked shut – but Ashley wouldn’t change a thing. She says her condition has made her who she is, given her the chance to campaign for others, and even to meet the Dalai Lama! We got Ashley a deal to tell her inspiring story in Closer magazine.
BRIDE NAILS RAPIST DAD – ON WEDDING DAY
In December 2010 bride-to-be Stacey, 25, finally found the courage to report her dad to police, after he’d abused her for 13 years as a child. After giving a statement Stacey faced a long wait as police gathered evidence. Then six months later, on her wedding day, she got a call… Her dad had been arrested for his ‘bestial and barbaric’ crimes and in November 2011 he was jailed for 24 years. Now, Stacey is finally free. We helped Stacey to sell her story to Love It magazine, and they published it in two parts. This is the conclusion.
WIDOW ARRESTED AT FUNERAL
Ronda, 33, comforted her best friend Jessica, 31, after her husband Shane was found dead. But days later at Shane’s funeral the grieving widow, was arrested — for plotting his murder. Jessica was convicted of planning the crime with her secret lover — and Roni realised she’d innocently played a part. Her story is in Full House.
Do you have a body shock story to sell? Have you been affected by a strange health condition? We can help you to share your experiences with the media, and you’ll always be paid too. Fill in the contact form on the right for more information.