Thomas has also undergone traumatic emotional suffering based on her disorder. In high school, a girl told staff that she had a "phobia" of Thomas, and the school responded by banning Thomas from certain areas of the school.
Recently, a bus driver refused to drive Thomas because she "looked horrible." Thomas told Coconuts Hong Kong that "I don't think I ever really got over it. ... I'm trying to live my life. You know, I know I look different. But is it really necessary to look at me in the way that you're looking at me?"
Despite these setbacks, Thomas takes it upon herself to fight back against such displays of discrimination. After finding a picture of herself used in a "shock video" without her permission, Thomas began a petition advocating for the end of shock videos that received 1,200 signatures. The video was taken down.
Thomas' adoptive parents, Roger and Tina, are part of the reason for their daughter's positive, progressive attitude. "We've also very much instilled in her [the importance of] enjoying the world," Tina Thomas told Coconuts Hong Kong. "You know, the carpe diem thing. You don't know what's around the corner, for any one of us."
"My parents always tried to distract me from my itchiness and my pain," said Thomas. "They really are amazing, and I really would definitely not be anywhere without them because they really are my rock."
"I hope that people will be more accepting of those with visible differences and with special needs," Thomas said. "Hopefully, for people troubled with difficulties, our story can offer the sort of hope and support that would get them out and running again."