By Martha Hewett @MarthaHewett
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Videographer / director: Gerrit Messersmith
Producer: Martha Hewett, Ruby Coote
Editor: Pete Ansell
Hannah Tyre, 24 from Georgia, was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
The condition, often referred to as ‘brittle bones disease’ is a genetic disorder that affects the strength of bones.
Hannah began vlogging three years ago after feeling inspired by beauty videos on YouTube.
Something which has helped her overcome insecurities over her disability.
Hannah told Barcroft TV: “Vlogging has definitely given me more confidence. It’s really improved my self-esteem.”
Under the name ‘Beauty By Hannah’, she has already gained over 7000 subscribers and one video has gained over 300,000 views.
She said: “I started getting into makeup and watching a lot of YouTubers and one day it just kind of clicked that maybe I should try to give it a go myself.”
Hannah lives at home in Waycross with her mum Cindy and brother Colton.
Due to the fragility of her bones and seriousness of her disability, Hannah requires a lot of help and assistance with everyday tasks.
Hannah said: “I’m a lot closer to my mum than most people my age are. I need help getting dressed during the day and getting in and out of my wheelchair.”
However, despite feeling frustrated at times with her lack of independence, Hannah has found ways to improve her life with a disability.
She said: “My disease has slightly improved over the year. I’ve gotten a lot better at not breaking bones and getting sick.
“I feel like that’s a really good thing and I’m very happy about that.”
When Hannah was born, Cindy was terrified at being told her new-born daughter had a very serious disease and couldn’t be held due to her bones potentially breaking.
Cindy told Barcroft TV: “I had doctors and nurses telling us to put her on a pillow and to not physically hold her because we could break her and hurt her.”
“To not be able to hold my baby was very scary and traumatic. As a new mother, the first thing you want to do is hold your baby and cuddle your baby.”
Despite the trauma of Hannah’s first weeks, Cindy and the family found a way to adjust to Hannah’s disability.
Colton, Hannah’s brother, is six years younger than his sister but has learned to look after her and protect her.
Cindy said: “Colton’s always been very helpful looking out for her and making sure she’s taken care of.”
Whether that’s helping Hannah with tasks around the house or standing up for her against bullies, Colton is there for what his sister needs.
Colton said: “She’s my sister and she’s born that way for a reason and I was her brother for a reason. We look out for each other but at the same time she’s my sister and we still argue and stuff.”
“We argue like typical brother and sister,” Hannah added.
Hannah’s condition requires lots of medical care, meaning she has to take four different medicines as soon as she wakes up, but this is something she has learned to take in her stride.
She said: “Sometimes it frustrates me a little bit that I can be more independent but not always. I don’t really let it bother me too much because everyone needs help sometimes.”
Cindy added: “In the last couple of years, I think I have become more independent with her and feel more comfortable going out and doing things. I try to let her live her life to the fullest.”
Hanna also wants the world to know that her disability isn’t the only thing about her – and she’s a normal 24-year-old living her life.
She said: “I just want people to see me like a normal person. I really think we need to get past the stereotype that people with disabilities are different – because they’re really not.