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Real survivors get fairy-tale endings

Published 4:17 AM ET, Thu January 12, 2017
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Angie Kupper, who struggled with narcolepsy, as Sleeping Beauty. Kupper created fairy-tale portraits like this one to depict struggles people overcame in real life. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Kupper is depicted awake and ready to take on the day. Though she sometimes physically can't stop herself from falling asleep, it doesn't stop her from pursuing her dreams. For her "Finding Your Fairytale" photo project, she gathered 12 people to pose for a calendar, each dressed as a fairy-tale character to signify the struggle they'd endured. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Brittany Flogel, who has baldness, as Rapunzel. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Rapunzel had long, beautiful hair; Flogel doesn't have any hair because of her alopecia. Her photo shows that beauty isn't defined by hair. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Mary Svihra, who struggled with an eating disorder, as the Evil Queen. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Like the Evil Queen, Svihra was consumed by the image in the mirror. She is shown embracing her reflection and the apple that she once considered poison. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Blake Wieting, who was conflicted by his sexual orientation, as Prince Charming. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Challenging the idea that a prince must wed a princess to find his happily ever after, Wieting is shown taking a genderless hand. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Cindy Campos, who struggled to accept a birthmark, as the Princess and the Frog. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Instead of kissing an ugly frog, Campos learned to embrace the birthmark on her face that she once thought was unappealing. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Patti Anne Hachmeister, who dealt with sexual assault, as Beauty from Beauty and the Beast. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
The rose represents Hachmeister's sexuality being violently taken from her. She's depicted being able to embrace her beauty and sexuality despite what she'd been through. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Margaret Schultz, who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, as Pocahontas. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
As a veteran, Schultz defended her homeland. Her photo draws from popular culture and shows her living peacefully once more in her surroundings. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Tammy Flynn, a caregiver, as Snow White. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Snow White was a caretaker to the seven dwarfs. Flynn faces the challenges of caring for a child with special needs, as well as three other children. She's shown embracing her role as a caregiver. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Kellie May, who struggled with bullying, as the Little Mermaid. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
The Little Mermaid wanted to walk on land and felt like an outcast in the sea. May was bullied and teased as the outcast as a child. She's shown standing confidently on her own two feet. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Wendy Steinhagen, who has fought depression, as the Snow Queen. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale
Steinhagen broke free from the cold, dark pull of depression. Chris Moehr/Finding Your Fairytale