Woman says she’s happier than ever after fulfilling lifelong dream of being blind

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina woman says she is happier than ever after fulfilling her lifelong wish of becoming blind.

Jewel Shuping, 30, has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which is a condition where able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled, according to Barcroft TV.

Shuping said that her fascination with blindness began when she was about 6 years old.

“By the time I was six I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she told Barcroft TV.

As a teen Shuping said she began wearing thick, black sunglasses and walking with a cane. By the age of 20, she was even fluent in braille.

“I was ‘blind-simming’, which is pretending to be blind, but the idea kept coming up in my head and by the time I was 21 it was a non-stop alarm that was going off,” Shuping told Barcroft TV.

In 2006, Shuping found a psychologist who was willing to help her become blind. The psychologist began putting numbing drops in her eyes, followed by a couple of drops of drain cleaner.

“It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” she told Barcroft TV. “But all I could think was ‘I am going blind, it is going to be OK.'”

It took about half a year for the damage to take effect.

“When I woke up the following day I was joyful until I turned on to my back and opened my eyes – I was so enraged when I saw the TV screen,” Shuping said.

Eventually, one of her eyes had to be removed and the other had glaucoma and cataracts.

At first, Shuping told her family that it was all an accident, but they eventually found out the truth.

Shuping’s mother and sister are no longer speaking to her.

She told Barcroft TV that she has no regrets and hopes to help other blind people live an independent life.

“I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” Shuping said. “When there’s nobody around you who feels the same way, you start to think that you’re crazy. But I don’t think I’m crazy, I just have a disorder.”


  • ajmacdonaldjr

    She has a disorder like transgenders have a disorder. These people need psychological help. Don’t encourage them.

    • David Whittington

      Yo ajmacdonaldjr. Read the article. This unfortunate lady DID seek psychological help. And what did the psychologist do for this lady ? The psychologist poured DRAIN CLEANER in her eyes. If this psychologist is licensed, I sure hope his or her license is revoked forever. All this supports my theory that psychologists are essentially totally useless. Many psychologists have severe psychological problems themselves, and these mentally wounded people are attracted to the field of psychology in a feeble attempt to solve their OWN problems – not help other people.

      • Ron Hargrove

        Like someone who has mental issues to the point that they wanted to be blind is incapable of lying about how it happened. My BS alarm is ringing on this one. Even if a psychologist agreed to blinding her (which I cannot see happening) they most certainly wouldn’t do it with drain cleaner! I would bet money that the whole “psychologist did it” thing is a fabrication, and that she blinded herself and the rest is a cover story.

      • ajmacdonaldjr

        She’s a blind person trapped in a sighted person’s body… it’s the same body dismorphic disorder

      • bob

        Really, Nicole? You can’t see the parallel? Wanting to be something you’re physically not?

        Gender Dysphoria is a listed mental illness…..and it’s the ONLY mental illness that is treated by mutilating the patient’s body. It’s barbaric.

  • Mimi

    Um, wow. Is the psychologist going to have his/her license taken away now? But then, why not? Psychologists encourage people to change gender. But good grief! Now taxpayers have to pay for her disability income now and her healthcare! Not cool. I don’t care if she has a disorder or not. No psychologist should EVER encourage something like that. They’re suppose to help the person overcome the disorder.

    • bob

      We live in an age when the answer to a delusional mental disorder is to mutilate a person’s genitals. We’re obviously in the Dark Ages. Why NOT pour drain cleaner in her eyes? There are apparently no limits.

  • DDD

    For all the good folks reading this story: Apparently David Whittington isn’t the only one who believes everything he hears. In the real world the psychologist would have been criminally charged, and would have lost his license.
    Come on folks, you can’t be that gullible.

  • Katayani

    If she pays me I could disable her further, it’s a disorder where I punch stupid people as hard as I can and feel little remorse or consequence.

  • angel

    I think this women is definitely crazy, my mother is blind and she lost her eye site in a car accident, I told her about this ladies story and it out raged her. I’m not the type of person to judge anyone, if you want to ruin your body you as an individual has the rite, once you advertise this type of stupidity then you open the doors to these comments, lady you definitely need help, and by the way you could of helped blind people way more if you had your eye site.


      C’mon Anne. Everyone knows there’s a long list of psychologists who would put drain cleaner in a woman’s eyes.; It probably happens thousands of time a day.

    • bob

      Tell them you’re a man trapped in a woman’s body, Anne. You won’t even BELIEVE what they’re willing to do to you for money.

  • shelovessympathy

    There are people that love welfare and sympathy and attention and love their own sins, weaknesses, and diseases. And she is one of them and the time will come when she her help is needed and she will want to help to fulfill her destiny and responsiblilties but she wont be able to. She is blind by choice. And her disapointment for her love of weakness and attention and sympathy will be beyond her expectations.

  • bob

    The only thing weirder than this sick woman is the shrink who tortured her.

    Than again, plenty of doctors are willing to do the same thing to your genitals if your brain tells you you’re the wrong gender. How is this case any different?


      The only thing weirder than this sick woman is Bob. He actually bought into her story that a shrink tortured her.
      C’mon Bob. You’re smarter than that.

      • bob

        Why is it so hard to believe? Legitimate, licensed doctors will cut your junk off if you ask them to. What could possibly be weirder than that?

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