Birth defects affect millions of people around the world. While many of them are quirks that can be embraced, others cause an insurmountable pain, and, if they are physically noticeable, can lead to bullying which results in lasting psychological trauma.

This was the case for 20-year-old Lauren Whitt from Colorado, who was born with a particularly large chin.

Check out the video below where Whitt explains how the deformity blighted her life:

Whitt’s chin not only caused her physical pain, but it inspired cruel adolescents to bully her throughout middle and high school for being different. Things got so bad that she was forced to finish high school online because it was too traumatic for her to go into class.

Those who bullied Whitt called her a “witch” and “ugly” because of her pronounced chin.

In an attempt to combat the problem, she was moved to another school in the hope that the students there wouldn’t be so cruel, but it did nothing to stop the incessant bullying. As a result, she had to complete her final two years of high school online.

When she was 12 years old, Whitt was told by an orthodontist that the only way she was going to have the problem fixed would be major surgery. At the time, the prospect of surgery was too much for her to bear, so she decided against it.

Over the next three years, Whitt’s condition rapidly deteriorated.