When Shirley Alvarez was just nine years old, something would change her life beyond belief. She was once a sprightly bundle of fun who loved to dance with her sister. But then she noticed something happening to her skin; it was starting to turn hard and felt like porcelain. However, she found a unique way to cope with this affliction.
Shirley was a very active child. Her sister, Tiffany, described her to YouTube channel, Barcroft TV in June 2018 as, “a ball of energy.” She especially loved to dance, and the sisters would spend most of their time together, often doing just that. When Shirley was nine years old, however, something began to change.
All of a sudden, Shirley noticed her skin started to harden, giving it a porcelain-like quality. Doctors diagnosed her with a condition called systemic scleroderma, which causes soft tissue to solidify. Life would change very rapidly for the little girl, and she was forced to adapt to limitations she hadn’t expected.