Monday 29 December 2014

Reality tv star reveals childhood bullying hell over disease causing facial hair

Published 01/08/2014 | 10:57

MILLION DOLLAR LISTING MIAMI -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Samantha DeBianchi -- (Photo by: Alex Martinez/Bravo)
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING MIAMI -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Samantha DeBianchi -- (Photo by: Alex Martinez/Bravo)

The star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing has opened about her lifelong battle with Cushing's disease.

Sam DeBianchi shot to prominence as one of the stars of the  hit real estate reality show and while things might be going her way now, her life wasn't always so picture perfect.

Growing up, Sam says she was bullied for the side effects of the disease, a hormonal condition contracted after excessive exposure to cortisol, which left her with excessive hair growth.

“They would circle me every day and go on and on about how ugly I was,” Sam told Life & Style Weekly.

“I’d cry to my mom and dad, begging them to homeschool me."

“I almost died at an early age,” she added. “It gave me osteoporosis and diabetes — and it was going to kill me."

She underwent two experimental treatments at the age of 15 after an eagle-eyed doctor recognised the symptoms when she was just 14 years old.

“I feel so lucky to be here today, living the life I love,” she said.  “Now some of the people who were nasty to me back in school suddenly want to hang out,” she tells Life & Style. “I’m friendly to them — but I don’t forget.”

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