Olivia Klopchin, born with a rare condition causing excessive swelling in her arm, took to TikTok to document her journey. Candidly sharing her experiences, she faced both support and mockery. However, Olivia adeptly silenced her detractors with a perfect response.
Olivia Klopchin was born with a minor bruise that resulted in swelling in her arm.
Olivia Klopchin, a 19-year-old TikTok sensation, captivated audiences with her extraordinary birth condition—an enlarged arm. At birth, doctors identified a minor bruise and diagnosed her with a vascular malformation, leading to an uncommon discoloration and significant swelling in her arm.
On TikTok, Olivia proudly showcases her arm and predominantly shares her life’s journey in her content. She said: “I’ve definitely had a lot of interesting reactions to my arm on the internet. Some people are so awesome about it and tell me how beautiful I am and how much they love my confidence.”
She shares her TikTok journey, navigating through occasional negative comments.
Despite Olivia’s positive attitude and openness about her situation, she has sadly faced hurtful comments and jokes regarding her arm, often drawing comparisons to The Hulk.
She said: “Of course, I got stares from people, but I understood at a young age that I was different and that people were going to stare and that there was nothing I could do about it. Some of the worst things people have said, it’s mostly been online.”
Olivia has encountered inquiries about her decision not to undergo arm surgery. In response, she humorously addresses such comments in her TikTok videos, earning praise from her supportive followers for her positive outlook.
One follower wrote: “So glad I came across your page! My son was born with malformations on his leg! Your videos have relieved us for the future!”
“There’s always going to be negative people on the internet — that’s something we can’t escape,” says Olivia Klopchin.
Her mother said: “She always stood up for herself; it’s her normal even though it’s not everybody else’s normal.” On the other hand, Olivia added: “I was able to do sports, I would hang out with friends, and my friends would question things about my arm, but I was always open and willing to answer the questions they had. I am truly thankful that my arm hasn’t given me any downsides to life. I could consider the pain a downside, but I choose not to.”
She continues to stay committed to raising awareness and maintaining a positive perspective, regardless of any ridicule she may encounter.