SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 08: Code Miko and Sweet Anita attend TwitchCon 2022 on October 08, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)
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Streamers With Rare Medical Conditions
Aeyvi’s disabilities include POTS (or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), Chiari Malformation, and EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). The combination of her disabilities can result in small strokes, mobility issues, and chronic pain, leaving her unable to stream or even be fully comfortable in her daily life. She uses her platform to educate others on invisible disabilities and to provide support to those experiencing them.
On her website, Lucanaii explains that she has a hypermobile strain of EDS, which affects the body's connective tissues, meaning that joints can hyperextend or dislocate, causing chronic pain and mobility issues. Now, she helps others see that disability comes in all different forms, and there's no one specific way to stream successfully.
Mike Begum, who goes by Brolylegs on Twitch, was born with arthrogryposis, which affects the development of muscles and joints. Begum cannot walk or use his arms much, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the best "Street Fighter" players in the world after he developed a method of playing games by using his face to manipulate the controller.
As a child, Lo0p was diagnosed with HSAN type 8, or hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy, a disorder that affects one's ability to feel pain. He explained how streaming changed his life, "[A 'CS:GO' player] just contacted me through my Twitch channel and was like 'Hey I want to fix your face, I have a friend who can do it.' I had my cleft palate fixed, I had my nose fixed, all from 'CS:GO.' It's crazy."
Sweet Anita
Sweet Anita has a rare type of Tourette Syndrome that includes coprolalia which causes frequent outbursts of profanity against her will. Anita has other tics as well, like whistling and making popping noises with her mouth, but her sudden streaks of curse words have actually surprised and delighted viewers, helping her grow her following.