A popular blogger responded to a rude comment about her gray hair in the best way.

As Rachel Farnsworth knows all too well, you can't run a popular blog without getting a few nasty comments along the way.

Photo by Rachel Farnsworth used with permission

The 31-year-old mom behind the booming recipe blog The Stay at Home Chef says she gets a couple of negative or critical comments every week on her blog, Facebook page, or YouTube channel.


Usually, she just ignores them. Or, if they're profane, she deletes them.

But one rude comment recently struck a much deeper nerve, and for the first time in the eight-year history of her blog, Farnsworth felt like she had to respond.

In a Facebook video, she beautifully called out one recent commenter who said her gray hairs made her look like "an old hag."

Facing the camera in front of an all-black background, she calmly explained why she felt this particular comment warranted a response:

"If you read my about me page, you'll find that I have a rare autoimmune disease that means I will most likely never live to be 70 years old. Every sign of aging that I have is a sign that I'm still alive.

A lot of people don't get the privilege to ever live to be old. And I probably won't either. Which means that I don't have time to waste criticizing myself and I don't have time to waste criticizing other people. I care a lot more about what my life is like right now."

From there, she talked about her long and difficult journey to love the body she has, "flaws" and all, and why the world needs more people with the courage to be who they are.

Why My Gray Hairs Make Me Happy

Someone recently commented on my blog and said I look like an old hag with my gray hairs. This is my response. www.thestayathomechef.com

Posted by The Stay At Home Chef on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

But the message here isn't just about Farnsworth's unique battle with body image. It's also about how people treat each other and, more importantly, how we treat ourselves.

The video has been viewed over 4 million times, and in addition to thousands of Likes and comments, Farnsworth said she's been flooded with people sharing their own stories of how they've learned to love themselves.

"It's been people encouraging each other to stand up to online bullying and building each other up with kindness," she says. "It's a really humbling experience."

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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