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Chronic Illness Makes Woman Amazing Contortionist | BORN DIFFERENT

December 6, 2019

SCARLET CHECKERS: I’ve been extra flexible for my whole life. So, I’ve always known
that there is something different about my body. SCARLET CHECKERS: I have a genetic condition
called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The type that I have is type 3 hypermobility. SCARLET CHECKERS: It’s a collagen disorder;
it affects all the connective tissue in my body. It makes all of the joints and the ligaments
and the muscles and skin very loose and stretchy. So, I can do things like this. SCARLET CHECKERS: So, growing up I didn’t
know that I had a genetic condition. I just thought I was naturally very flexible. I would
like sit in strange positions at the dinner table, because it was what was most comfortable
for me. My step mom would yell at me, but instead of like ‘elbows off the table,’
it was more like, ‘get your feet off the table’. Because I’d just like sit with
my leg. I don’t know, it’s, like I’m comfortable in strange positions. Comfortable
in strange positions, by Scarlet Checkers, those are my memoirs. Someday I’ll write
an autobiography. SCARLET CHECKERS: Pretty much anything that can happen to your body, that’s painful
or uncomfortable or inconvenient, EDS can cause it. SCARLET CHECKERS: From just walking around
town, like if I just step wrong, I could just snap my ankle out of place. SCARLET CHECKERS: I actually try my best to
raise awareness for EDS because it’s considered an invisible disease. SCARLET CHECKERS: I was just diagnosed this
past year. It was just, it’s very hard to get a diagnosis because a lot of doctors don’t
know what it is, because it’s so different and manifests differently in every person
and there is no cure for it at all. SCARLET CHECKERS: If you guys don’t know, the reason that I’m a contortionist is because I have a genetic condition: type-3 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. SCARLET CHECKERS: I remember being really
into the circus for most of my life. I remember the first time I saw a circus and I was always
really into the animals and the clowns and the acrobats, literally everything about the
circus; just drew me right in. SCARLET CHECKERS: About two years ago, I started performing full time. I do clowning, contortion
and side show. I’m currently in a small variety show troop right now called ‘The
Birthday Party’. And it’s four of us, four girls, three clowns and an alien. OLIVE-IT THEE CLOWNE: Scarlet is really inspiring
because she’s got this crazy disease and uses it to her advantage. Which is really,
it’s really awesome; super impressive. SCARLET CHECKERS: And I’m going to attempt to touch those two body parts together. If
I can do it, I get a point. If I can’t do it, all of you get a point. Got it? SCARLET CHECKERS: That is the contortion game,
I’m still undefeated and now I’m about to see another weird body trick. SCARLET CHECKERS: I tend to get some backlash
from the EDS communities sometimes because they think that I’m setting a bad example
for other people with EDS. I’m going to be confined to a wheelchair within the next
ten years probably. But it happens. I do use a wheelchair every once in a while. Some days
I just can’t do anything with my body. I would really like the EDS community to appreciate
that we’re all different. SCARLET CHECKERS: So, this is more than 90 degrees, would you confirm that? Can you confirm…
LADY: Yes. SCARLET CHECKERS: Yeah, thank you. More than
90 degrees? That’s disgusting. SCARLET CHECKERS: There is a safe way to contort while also having EDS and that really is just
being aware of your own body and what your own limits are and listening to your body
when it tells you ‘No, that’s not a thing you can do.’ SCARLET CHECKERS: I should have at least loosened
the corset. SCARLET CHECKERS: My career goals really
are very short term. I do want to enjoy what I’m doing and not ruin my body. SCARLET CHECKERS: I love everything about
this. SCARLET CHECKERS: I really enjoy performing, I really enjoy contortion and I really enjoy
making people laugh.


  • Reply Juan Zamarripa April 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    What you have I have and I am 9 years old

  • Reply Tofufan121 April 10, 2019 at 2:47 am

    I cringed the whole time

  • Reply Abundanceofellies April 10, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Yvie Oddly on drag race has this condition

  • Reply Isabella Kokars April 11, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Sofi dossi who????

  • Reply Kevin Bergey April 12, 2019 at 12:43 am

    She has great energy. Making the most out of life

  • Reply Sloth Armstrong April 13, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Brazzers wants to know your location

  • Reply Evalyne Detenamo April 13, 2019 at 7:51 am

    This is the coolest illness in this universe

  • Reply Steve Son April 16, 2019 at 7:19 am


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  • Reply Mr candy Man April 20, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Not gonna lie she's hella cute

  • Reply September Kordelewski April 21, 2019 at 1:27 am

    I’m bendy, but not like her. I can’t do that…. thing with her legs in front of her hands.
    Also who else thinks she’s cute?

  • Reply September Kordelewski April 21, 2019 at 1:31 am

    And if Scarlet feels happy doing this, let her do it. It’s possible the tricks are not in great succession as you think. I’ve been warned that I may need knee replacement surgery at age 20 because one of the parts is sometimes bone on bone. I honestly love doing tricks, but they’re not on a daily basis.

  • Reply AliGrace 5 April 21, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Omg I an 8 i have scoliosis and it lead to EDS I am in cheer and a contortion class it so fun to be
    Flexible and my doctor said that it is good to be active with EDS but I have to be careful of what I am doing to my body #twins

  • Reply 0キツネ April 24, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Shes fuckin super hot.

  • Reply isabella fovinci April 25, 2019 at 4:07 am

    She needs to go on America’s got talent, if softie dossi got a golden buzzer, I wonder how far she could go

  • Reply Rayven Lynn April 27, 2019 at 4:11 am

    I get where she's coming from, I dont have the disease, but since i have alot of double jointed joints i get made fun of and called weird all the time, half of the population has small tenticales under their tongue and I am one of those people. I can bend my pinkie, thumb, and other parts 90° or more.

  • Reply Crested Gecko Coconut April 27, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    I can do that with my arms..

  • Reply Tanya Volansky April 30, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I"m just so happy she brings up that it shows up differently in people. I also have type three but never worked on my flexibility but my joints are very obviously hyper-mobile with lax ligaments (Many massage therapists can feel the laxity). My sport (not knowing I had this) was horse back riding for 14 years, softball, karate, etc so I built a lot of muscle which is constantly tight. My skin does feel different but doesn't pull nearly as much/ in certain places. So I'm flexible but super stiff and muscular for my exercise level. When my muscles loosen I lose use of limbs, super sensitive to breathing in heated air. So for me it's a lot of stiffness and pain. Sometime I wonder if it really is type 3 or if I have some subset given the tightness and heat issues – but just having a PT that listened to my body when it turns out I slipped my shoulder (hurt for a solid 7 months as I pushed through it – it froze) felt amazing and she diagnosed me quickly – so I'm just rollin with it! There's no cure for a genetic defect so I'm just happy after all the years of painful and loose joints SOMEONE listened! Thank you for spreading the word! <3<3<3

  • Reply Coco Hoyle May 1, 2019 at 8:03 am

    That’s so cool

  • Reply Kayla Nguyen May 1, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Sofie Dossi has joined the chat

    Wanna contortionist battle?

  • Reply Lewis C. May 2, 2019 at 12:59 am

    That’s insane! Good for her. I wish I was that flexible.

  • Reply ImortallRoses May 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm


  • Reply Israel Oliveira May 3, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Daaaaaaaaaaamn ? 01:49

  • Reply Luna Chan May 5, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Nope she just flexible as hell

  • Reply Poiuytrewqasryan L May 5, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    damnn she so hot

  • Reply Maia Evans May 6, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    She actually shouldn't be doing those things. She'll end up being in more pain later on.

  • Reply Benjamin Webb May 8, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    I want to be born this way

  • Reply Lilly Bush May 9, 2019 at 2:06 am

    I have EDS and sometimes it is painful and sometimes cool but I wouldn't change a thing

  • Reply Dramatic Eyeball May 9, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I have erlos dantols to predicted type 4

  • Reply Auggie B May 9, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Mines not as severe as hers but I also have hyper mobility and it's so incredibly painful sometimes. She's handling her chronic illness so well! I wanted to be a contortionist when I was younger but for me it was too painful

  • Reply Muna osotule May 9, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Someone gonna tell her she wearing 2 different socks ???

  • Reply EVELYN MCCARTY May 9, 2019 at 8:17 pm


  • Reply mindy morgan May 9, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Shopie dossie is that u?

  • Reply Sky Lovgren May 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Sofie Dossi has left the chat

  • Reply Ernesto Robles May 10, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Besto elastic waifu!

  • Reply wyntrise calauh May 10, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Sophie Dossi has left the chat

  • Reply Bonelesspizza 11 May 10, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Watched it all with a straight face.

  • Reply cAN a sad human being get subs?? Lmfao idek May 10, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I can do some of the things she can but I can’t even do a handstand SOo.
    And same I sit down weird. Some people ask me how and they try it and say it’s uncomfortable, but they can do it. I guess I just got used to it. I get in trouble but now I don’t because the Teacher just don’t care anymore

  • Reply Anna Malfoy ツ May 10, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    soffie dossi has left the chat

  • Reply Good _Vixbes May 10, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Sofie Dossi has left the chat

  • Reply e p i c c h i l d May 11, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Sofie Dossi has left the chat

  • Reply Katherine Pimentel May 12, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Who realise her name was on her shirt

  • Reply Sophie Noor May 14, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Lol the way she shaved her legs

  • Reply kaiya papaya May 15, 2019 at 12:31 am

    but can she do a split tho

  • Reply smol.joonie May 15, 2019 at 2:18 am


  • Reply Alina Hansinger May 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Omg she's talented Sofie dossi is quaking right now LOL

  • Reply Simply Sophie May 15, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Woah. Your face looks exactly like Sofie Dossi and you are both contortionists

  • Reply Caitlin Botha May 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I can do all that but I don't have an illness!!! ?

  • Reply Adrianna Sebastian May 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    That’s cool

  • Reply swєєt pєαch May 17, 2019 at 12:52 am

    I can do that but I trained myself and went to dance class sooo besides the skin part

  • Reply Beth Yellowley May 17, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I'm also very flexible so I can also get my legs over my head

  • Reply Kolabear _ Blessed May 17, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I don’t have that but I can do the flexibility part but not the stretching skin thing

  • Reply Mia Jennifer May 17, 2019 at 11:33 pm


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  • Reply Krul Tepes12 May 20, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Sofie Dossi is QuAkEiNg In HeR BoOtS

  • Reply SHAO 004 May 20, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Imaginebthe possiblities jsjs

  • Reply chris brunette May 21, 2019 at 8:11 am

    She's pretty hot and has a nice body!

  • Reply Precious Adorable May 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Towards the beginning when she said “so I can do things like this” I swore she was going to stretch her neck. ?

  • Reply Mimi Rhexic May 22, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I’m Yvie Oddly and oddly enough ?

  • Reply Kayla J'Nae May 23, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Doesn’t Yvie Oddley from RuPauls Drag Race Season 11 have this condition ??

  • Reply Michael Burrell May 23, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Contortion not an illness I can do it and I'm not sick!

  • Reply xX crøckpøt Xx May 24, 2019 at 3:09 am

    I know some poeple like this
    There is 2 girls at my school like this
    How do I know?
    Well I see then pulling the skin
    And their leg is behind them in gym class

  • Reply Kaytjuh .x May 24, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Is it weird that I want this
    Like I wanna be as flexible as her

  • Reply King spasu May 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    owo dang

  • Reply Kirsten Lola May 25, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    How can I do all of that then if she got a illness

  • Reply Maia MacMahon May 30, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Doesn't Yvie Oddly have something similar to this?

  • Reply seeet sweet June 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    I am just as flexible as her due to the same syndrome unfortunately:(

  • Reply The Fresh Green Beast June 6, 2019 at 4:28 am

    She probably can eat herself out… lol Wow…

  • Reply Ryan Ali June 7, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    This is definetely ninjas daughter

    If ninja marries markiplier

  • Reply kaylee eubanks June 9, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Isn't that a stripper

  • Reply Dre _Colomb June 16, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    She can be on America’s got talent

  • Reply ꜱᴛᴇᴀᴍɪɴ' ʜᴏᴛ ɢᴀʀʙᴀɢᴇ June 17, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I love Scarlet!!! I've been following her on Instagram for four years.

  • Reply Vlazpuchi Murknov June 17, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Wacky inflatable tube dike

  • Reply Banana Peel June 17, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    I have type 1 EDS, and I’m a acrobatics. But I do have a lot of limits, especially with my leg joints. I’m currently eleven but EDS did not limit all flexibility. I still can do splits, expect my left leg. I was born with EDS and I haven’t find out until a few weeks ago. I can touch my feet to my head, and certain stretches would hurt my leg joints, but I wouldn’t feel numb until the next day.

  • Reply Vesko Krumov June 18, 2019 at 8:48 am

    And my joints crack like a 60 yeaar old

  • Reply Lilo KiwiPotatoUnicorn June 21, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    You should go see Jordon Matter the photographer

  • Reply keelan James June 23, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I have ehlers danlos syndrome aswell

  • Reply Rice Gum June 25, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    When she's old she will be very very wrinkly.

  • Reply Bunbun Gachaʕ•ᴥ•ʔ June 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I hope you meet sofi dosi XD

  • Reply Richard Marciano July 2, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Yvie oddly is shook

  • Reply Grace B. July 2, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    As someone with HEDS this worries me… Here’s to hoping she doesn’t end up with degenerative joint disease from all of the strain on her joints.

  • Reply Claire Avent July 4, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I have type 3 EDS and it was kind of fun when I was young but now I am 45 and have to use wheelchair and can’t walk at all unaided. The pain some days is unbearable

  • Reply Kaily’s Life July 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Sofie Dossi is trying to enter the chat
    Sofie Dossi has failed to enter the chat

  • Reply Deedee S. July 27, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I think you are beautiful !

  • Reply Charlie Playz July 28, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    that’s actually really cool

    I would want it if it doesn’t affect health or anything

  • Reply SmileyHayley7 July 29, 2019 at 5:45 am

    I have very severe EDS and I can dislocate both my shoulders by just raising my arms up. Each EDS'er has their own quirks and they are all different. If i did any kind of those contortions I would probably die haha.

  • Reply Keira Leeds August 1, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I wish I was this flexible

  • Reply Blessy Nd August 4, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    she is beautiful

  • Reply jadelee 05 August 5, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Is this group somewhere on yt? I'd like to see more

  • Reply Richard Moorman August 6, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Man doing my best not to say anything crude… but damn

  • Reply K S August 9, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    As someone with Eds its incredibly hard to watch someone injure themselves further. The reality of this condition is living in constant pain, with limited mobility, and a range of other symptoms that make a normal life hard to obtain without constant medication and physical therapy.

  • Reply its Funki3train August 12, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    @Sophiedossi lost sister???

  • Reply BoogieMonster Mom August 20, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Yvie oddly has this

  • Reply Trevor Phillips August 27, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    So you can both be licking at the same time?

  • Reply kiaya Dryden August 30, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I have that disease to just not as bad

  • Reply Jessiyah Alston October 4, 2019 at 11:17 am

    She is preety

  • Reply Emily Kinsella October 16, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I have hEDS previously known as type 3. The thing is I was naturally good at gymnastics and stuff but we didn’t know about EDS at the time. I am 24 and the trouble I have now because of all the stuff I did is not good. There is a reason why Drs who know what the Ehlers Danlos Syndromes are tell us to not do our party tricks. My mum was the same and is like a little old woman too because of all the tricks she did. It’s not worth it especially if you know.

  • Reply CG Rich October 27, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Omg I'm crying now because I have E.D.S type-3 three 😉 Omfl

  • Reply slideshowgurl November 13, 2019 at 1:21 am

    I have EDS type III and have a similar story. I wasn't diagnosed until my mid-20s and honestly, all those years of doing these so-called "party tricks" really took it's toll on my body. The doctor that diagnosed me even asked if I was a dancer or gymnast as a kid, because our flexibility makes us good at those kinds of things, but as we get older it really damages our joints. I was told by the doctor that diagnosed me that at 26 my joints were actually of someone in their 60s. Chronic pain and arthritis are common, as well as a whole host of other conditions associated with defective connective tissue. From organ failure, to IBS, to respiratory issues, sleep apnea, frequent dislocations, extreme high risk of injury, etc. I honestly worry for this girl and what she is doing to her body! Almost all medical professionals will advise not to "show off" what we can do, because of the damage it causes. I've had to learn through PT that even standing certain ways or stretching in the morning has to be done with extreme caution. I'm always thinking about where my joints are and if I am hyperextending, because as she says, we often find ourselves sitting in weird positions and don't realize it. I am disabled at 27, I have a handicap placard for days when I have flare-ups. Many people with EDS are wheelchair bound or have to use other mobility devices. I honestly wouldn't wish this disease on anyone and I hate how the media glorifies it.

  • Reply YellowChild November 14, 2019 at 7:12 am

    i have this too!!! zebra pride ?

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