(NEWSER) – Jewel Shuping has been preoccupied with blindness since she was a young girl. She says she used to roam the halls at night at age 3 or 4, the idea of being blind felt "comfortable" when she was 6, and she spent hours staring at the sun when her mother told her it would hurt her eyes, reports the Daily Mirror.

By the time she was a teenager Shuping was wearing dark glasses, carrying a white cane, and mastering Braille. "I was 'blind-simming,' which is pretending to be blind," she says. "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 says she suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), in which able-bodied people think they are supposed to be disabled.

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