NEW YORK- A man with a rare brain condition has shared his story online, giving hope to others who live day-to-day with the same condition.
The man – who did not reveal his name – was featured on Humans of New York.
He told the site’s founder, Brandon Stanton, that he has a condition called Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum.
“Most people have nerve bundles that connect the two hemispheres of the brain. I don’t have those,” he said.
Those who suffer from the condition lack the neurological structure that links the left and right sides of the brain. It is a genetic malformation.
And it is also one of the conditions that Kim Peek, the inspiration behind Dustin Hoffman’s “Rain Man” character, suffers from.
The post features the unnamed man sitting on a park bench and staring down the camera lens.
“But I don’t like to talk about it,” he continues. “Because when people know there is something wrong with your brain, they think you’re retarded. I had a hard time growing up. I’ve been labeled all my life.
“I’ve always been told that I’m learning disabled and I can’t do this and I’m not good enough to do that. And it’s hard to hear that stuff all the time without viewing yourself as a permanent victim and learning to be helpless. I’m not a victim. I have a part-time job, nice friends, and my own apartment.
“All I need now is a full time job and a PlayStation 4.”
The man’s story was first posted on Humans of New York’s Facebook page on July 2. It now has over 10,000 shares and more than 320,000 likes.
The post is also flooded with comments of people thanking the man for stepping forward and telling his story, giving them and their loved ones a sense of hope.
“My 12 year old brother has this. I have never heard of anyone else having it,' one commenter wrote. “I am so excited to show him this so he knows he too can have a comfortable life.”
‘My son has agenesis of the corpus collosum and he's a normal functioning 4 yr old, It's inspiring to see an adult with the same condition,” another commenter said.
And others with no connection to the brain condition also commented, offering words of praise.
“Bro, both of my hemispheres are connected and I'm half the man you are,” said one Facebook user.