Doreen Ching is a 23-year-old woman who lives in Malaysia, in the Johor province, according to Unilad. Her social media presence on Facebook is mostly selfies and photos of her skin care products, but she had about 20,000 followers. She also posts pictures with her husband:
And also of her kids. Ching gave birth to quadruplets, which is pretty amazing:
And they are thriving:
About a week ago, Ching shared on social media that carrying four babies at once left her with some fairly dramatic stretch marks on her torso. She openly shared a photo of them, writing of her insecurity about how her skin looks now:
She captioned it:
"I received a lot of mummies’ inquiries asking me how to eliminate the scars as you’re gonna be scared… and that’s the price, even if you have money.
There’s no way to get rid of it, and it’s like, every day, every day, every day.
Only 21 at the time, I wondered how I would be able to accept my stomach looking like this for the rest of my life.
The first thing I did when I got out of the delivery room was to look at my stomach and my tears came out.
I was cracked up to a very serious kind of rupture and skin tissue was damaged."
Ching was not rewarded for her openness and honesty. The photo went semi-viral, and the comments are full of people mocking and diminishing her for her scars. In response, Ching shared a picture of herself with her husband, and admonished people for their criticism:
"I see a lot of people commenting calling me ‘ugly’ and it makes me very sick so much so I want to throw up.
Some men said it was all the woman’s fault for wanting to have so many kids.
Do you have any respect for the women of the world? Your mother? Your wife? And a woman who can afford to have children?"
Amongst the haters, there are a lot of people who support Ching, and say that how her skin looks is totally normal for someone who carried kids—even just one kid.
It's true—stretch marks are a completely normal aspect to carrying a baby in an expanding stomach for nine months, and the only reason people are horrified by them is because we hide them away like they're not happening. This is reality, folks! Deal with it.
Ching seems to be at peace with herself, and she has five reasons why:
On balance, it seems like she won out on this one.
When I moved across the country a couple of months ago, I was trying to find a short-term place to stay while I looked around for an apartment to make my home. I've gone through my share of shady sublets, and was so worried I wouldn't land a spot that I started looking for one to book months in advance. On my first day of browsing, I came across a gorgeous and affordable one-bedroom in a really convenient location, but was super skeptical of the post because of how traumatized I am from my previous experiences.
I've dealt with creeps who ask for a cash deposit then claim they're in the hospital on the exact same day they're supposed to meet me for the keys. I've had people cancel my reservation once I've already landed in their city... Needless to say, I'm a seasoned subletter. When I found this lovely one-bedroom on Craigslist, I was sure the listing was too good to be true. So I took a proactively defensive stance when I reached out via email. I asked for boring specifications on the apartment and went over payment details with exhaustive thoroughness. I even asked if a friend could stop by to make sure there were no secret squatter tenants, or anything sketchy like that. Then, I got an email back.
TWIST: I recognized the address from the gushing fan mail I had sent it years ago. The apartment belonged to my favorite living writer and here I was, casually emailing with her directly. Flash forward a few months and we're friendly and occasionally email each other or meet for coffee to catch up. And that's how my nightmare sublet search turned into a friendship with one of the best and most famous writers of our time.
I live for real-life plot twists like this. They keep us on our toes while we cruise through this journey of life. Which is why when u/whytho37 asked Reddit to share their most insane plot twists, the results were incredible.
Scroll down for twists so good, you wouldn't believe they actually happened if you saw them in a film.