Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer is choosing to celebrate her children’s uniqueness after trolls left dozens of negative comments on a photo of her and her daughter, Ali.
On Sunday, May 24, Messer said she was “sickened” by some of the hateful messages that some of her followers had posted.
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“Some of the comments on a photo of me with Ali are despicable. I’m sickened,” the mother of three tweeted on Sunday.
“What world are we living and raising our children in?” she wrote. “Let’s teach all of our kids that we are each born with unique differences that make us the beautiful individuals we are!!!”
“We are all different and that is BEAUTIFUL!” Messer added.
Her response came after she posted two photos with Ali on Instagram.
“That’s my girl! #myhope #HopeGraceFaith #feelingblessed,” the MTV star captioned her Instagram post.
In the first image, Messer and her daughter are smiling for the camera; and in the second photo, Messer can be seen giving her daughter a kiss on the cheek.
When Ali turned four, she was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.
In Messer’s recently released memoir, Hope, Grace, & Faith, she opened up about her daughter’s ongoing health struggles.
“It’s still scary because Ali is the research. The disease that she has is one in one million,” Messer told PEOPLE of coping with her daughter’s diagnosis. “There’s not very many people that have it. And as she grows, we learn more about it.”
“The hardest part was it being unknown and being okay with it being unknown,” she continued. “It took me a while to get to that place where it’s like, it doesn’t matter. She’s so resilient. She’s so determined. Yes, she gets people staring, but she knows her worth. She knows what she’s capable of, and there’s nothing that’s going to stop her. But I think, honestly, the hardest part is just it being unknown and, as a mom, wanting to fix all of it and not being able to.”
In a Teen Mom 2 episode that aired in 2017, Messer said she would do everything she could to help her daughter.
“I’m fighting for Ali — I’m going to do everything that she needs done,” she swore. “We wanted her to be independent, and at the same time things are becoming progressive.”