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Gessie Perez

Gessie Perez is 20 years old and from Long Island, New York. She works in child care and teaches religious education for first graders. She enjoys swimming, shopping, and volunteering for her church. She loves the beach and her three dogs! Gessie has had trichotillomania since she was 11 years old and also deals with nail biting and skin picking/biting. This is her fifth TLC conference. She is a trained TLC Ambassador, and spoke at the 2017 conference closing session. During BFRB Week 2018, she organized and hosted a TLC workshop in her hometown, and subsequently formed the first BFRB support group on Long Island. She is very passionate about advocating for BFRBs and has been featured on various online media sites. She hopes to spread the message of the importance of self-love and acceptance. The conference is always the highlight of every year and she looks forward to reuniting with her TLC family again. Fun fact: Gessie's very first conference was also in the Virginia/DC area just like this year's!

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