An OnlyFans model has revealed that joining the racy subscription-based site as a creator saved her life.
Rachael Huckle was down and out after being sacked from her job and suffering from a mystery illness which left her unable to eat.
Desperate, the 34-year-old turned to OnlyFans to make some money by selling raunchy pictures.
And she said she's glad she did as she's now making £4,000 a month.
Rachael, from Wrexham, Wales says she's now healthier than ever as her OnlyFans account has funded a life-saving diagnosis and treatment.
The model makes thousands from her online persona, Ivy Tenebrae. This sees her dress up in skimpy outfits inspired by cartoons and fictional characters.
"My niche is a cross between modelling and cosplay," she explained.
"I hand make a lot of my own costumes of video games and characters which get a huge following.
"The website has a reputation for being extremely scandalous in nature.
"However it's more than that – it's a community and a place to meet like-minded people."
Since starting her page towards 2019, Rachel has amassed 300 followers to her OnlyFans page and is in the top 3% of creators on the site.
As well as paying her medical bills, she has even managed to buy a house.
Rachael said doctors were baffled by her condition which saw her waste away to just 4st.
She struggled for nearly 10 years to get a diagnosis, until her profits from OnlyFans meant she could go and see a private doctor.
This meant the model was finally diagnosed with rare autoimmune disease pemphigus.
She now has it under control with steroids and immune suppressant medication.
The condition caused painful blisters to break out in Rachael's digestive system, including her mouth, nose, throat and bowel. This made it difficult for her to eat and swallow.
Rachael said: "I honestly woke up everyday thinking I was going to die.
"The condition left me unable to eat, swallow and several times I woke up unable to breathe.
"I owe my life to OnlyFans, it literally saved me…
"I'm so grateful to my fans and everything they've done for me."
She added: "I honestly woke up every day thinking I was going to die.
"Thanks to selling raunchy pictures, I've not only been able to get private treatment for a rare condition but I’ve been able to afford a property.
“It’s truly changed my life.”
Rachel was first admitted to hospital when she was nine years old after getting persistent kidney infections.
She also experienced pain in her throat while eating and difficulty swallowing.
Rachael spent the next nine years of her life in hospital because no one could diagnose her 'mystery' illness.
Her difficulty eating saw her weight plummet to just under four stone and she was misdiagnosed with an eating disorder.
Rachael said: "It felt there was something permanently in my throat and it was incredibly painful to swallow.
"I was there for all of my teens – I spent Christmas and birthdays in hospitals.
"The fear of eating caused a fear of food and I was diagnosed with anorexia.
"I was referred to specialists all over the country and no could work out what was wrong."
Over the years Rachael's health continued to decline and it affected her everyday life.
She experienced severe exhaustion, joint pain and swelling in her face and tongue that would leave her unable to speak.
Rachel was rushed into hospital several times and had to carry around an epi-pen in case her condition was due to an allergy.
Eventually she lost her job as a legal executive at a law firm because of her undiagnosed condition.
Rachael said: "Some days I couldn't get out of bed.
"I constantly had painful blistering and lost so much blood in my stool I needed a transfusion.
"I lost my job because I was constantly unwell and couldn't figure out why.
"I had absolutely no quality of life and I was in so much pain I thought I was going to die."
Rachel says she has no regrets about joining OnlyFans, saying: "People might say I'll regret sharing provocative pictures in later life but I say I'm grateful for living now.
"There is no way I have any regrets – the website and the fans saved my life."
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