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Exaggerated: The story also implies that Alice wanted to eat the kitten because her mother wasn't feeding her. Also, after the kitten is rescued, Alice dies.
Downplayed: An email forward about a slave trader that converted to Christianity and gave up his career circulates. While this is true, the missive fails to mention that the part about him giving up his career happened long after his conversion (which also happened slowly over time, not as an instantaneous response to a storm.)
The end of the email that tells people to pass it on to 10 others or face bad luck really undermines it, especially if it also says (or implies) that one has crossed the Moral Event Horizon for not doing so, And That's Terrible.
Zig Zagged: ???
Alice doesn't do anything even semi-remarkable.
The story isn't meant to be inspirational, only an anecdote of something that happened to someone in the writer's life, and doesn't come across as ableist or anything.