She's living with albinism and is now telling the world

Utah teen's short film part of Qatar Film Festival

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  • palmermommy North Salt Lake, UT
    March 11, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    Thank you for writing the article on Meg. It's brought a lot of positive awareness toward the documentary'Dancing Eyes' and albinism.

    When we saw the printed story on Sunday we were thrilled with the title which says, "Utah teen telling the world about albinism." Although albinism can be a struggle at times, for different reasons, we (Meg especially) doesn't want anyone to ever get the impression that she "suffers" from albinism.

  • Paul in MD Montgomery Village, MD
    March 11, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    This is an inspiring story. It takes a lot of courage for a teenager to stand up and say, "look at me!", even if they don't already stand out somehow. At that age, many kids are just as happy to avoid any attention.

    My son came home from high school many days with serious depression issues, simply because he is tall and pasty white (not Albinism, just a very white complexion) in a school with only a 25% white population. He was very self-conscious, and it took him a long time to feel comfortable being himself and getting attention because of how he looks.

    I'm not saying how wonderful my kid is, or equating what he goes through with what the kids in this story do. All I'm saying is that even kids without a medical condition, especially at this age, have a tough time when they are getting attention they don't really want.

    For a teenager to put herself in the spotlight to highlight a condition that is misunderstood and often brings negative attention to those who have it, that takes courage many of us lack, and I applaud her.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    March 10, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    Thanks for enlightenment, I remember how cruel school children , even older folks have been to those with Albinism. This educates on many levels.

  • Shaden Lincoln, NE
    March 9, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    Thank you for the story, Deseret News, and thank you for the short film. It was very informative. I hope that it wins and that as many people see it as possible!