Rachel, a 28-year-old mom and Army wife, was in the Cleveland Clinic to have 60% of one lung removed because of congenital emphysema. After surgery, she posted a photo of herself to Reddit from the ICU with a short note: "IAmA 28/f who had 60% of her lung removed today and can't fall asleep in the ICU. I'm currently in the ICU of the Cleveland Clinic. My pain is being reasonably managed, but I cannot fall asleep. Anyone care to entertain me?"
Reddit, in fact, did. And the internet loved her.
Pretty soon she became "Ridiculously Photogenic Surgery Girl," a takeoff on the "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" (Zeddie Little) meme. Hundreds of comments and captions came pouring in, all of which delighted the Dayton woman sitting in her hospital bed.
She wrote: "OMG you guys are killing me! I am still an emotional roller coaster on lots of pain meds! I don't know if I should thank you, or laugh, or cry! In real life, no one ever says anything about the way I look. I don't get hit on all the time(maybe because I don't like leaving my house if I don't have to) and I feel pretty average. People have been saying so may nice things about me the last few days. I've never felt more beautiful. Thank you :)"
And there's your daily reminder that the internet isn't always a horrible place.