How Cruel Commenters on Reddit Saved One Man's Life (VIDEO)

bear silberFace it: Most commenters on the web have a pretty awful rep. No matter what they're discussing or where -- from Facebook to Gawker to HuffPo -- you usually find the Internet vocal expressing strong, sometimes totally mean opinions. Rarely compassionate ones. Especially on Reddit, the social news website where registers submit content. Once in a blue moon, though, humanity prevails, and commenters actually end up helping one another -- or totally random strangers out.

Just look at what happened to Bear Silber, a self-professed Redditor. He had been sick for five years -- seriously sick for two -- and was at a loss trying to figure out what was causing his symptoms. But one fateful night, he was cruising on Reddit, and stumbled on a photo of a man who looked like he too was suffering from something similar. 

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To be honest, the comments overall were commenting on the man's appearance and some were downright cruel. But the top comment was the one that mattered. Someone had noted that the man in the photo appeared to have Cushing's Syndrome, which can occur when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a long time and lead to symptoms like a fatty hump between your shoulders, a rounded face, and pink or purple stretch marks on your skin. It can also result in high blood pressure, bone loss, and sometimes, diabetes.

A light bulb went off above Bear's head, and he realized that Cushing's was probably at the root of all of his ailing. Eventually, he found the right doctor who diagnosed him and has helped him get on his way to recovery. How awesome is it that the guy practically owes his life to that one comment on that one Reddit post? Now and then, we really do find what we need while roaming around on the web. Not just because we're good at Googling or using WebMD, but because we're helping one another through comments and info like this. Just goes to show the Internet's ability to bring people together -- and even save someone's life -- is pretty darn powerful.

Check out the inspiring the video Bear Silber made about his experience ...

What do you think about Bear's story?

 

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