Our planet is a massive and a wonderful place to live in. But it’s so small and judgemental at the same time, as people know to judge what’s different. Different bothers some people, because it’s unknown and causes fear. Diversity isn’t something that is always appreciated among us. People with physical ailments or various conditions are often looked down upon as being less than what’s considered normal. While this isn’t always the case, it sometimes is and hurts people in the cruelest way. Thankfully, many people are able to develop a mindset where they refuse to let others bring them down. Like this girl, Sarah Atwell, from Nova Scotia, Canada. Although she has a rare disorder, causing her face to look abnormal, she stands against her bullies and lets them know about her condition.
Sarah was born with a rare disorder called neurofibromatosis.
Neurofibromatosis is a hereditary disorder.
It causes tumors to grow on the nerve endings in her body. Sadly, these tumors can occur in different places, and in Sarah’s case, it happened to grow on her face.
When she was a little girl, her parents began to notice something was strange with her face.
Her face was changing in a very unusual manner. Also, the tumor was growing and growing fast.
Sadly for Sarah, no one was willing to operate on her. She went on for years with the tumor growing on her face.
This meant she endured a massive amount of bullying from her classmates, but she stayed strong. In 2012, Sarah uploaded a video on Facebook.
She explained that comments hurt her and she was becoming overwhelmed by the negativity.
Little did she know that the video will change her life completely.
It resulted in a massive amount of support for her. And that was not all!
After so long, Sarah’s story had caught someone’s attention. Her video led her to get in touch with Dr. Steven Morris, a plastic surgeon.
Although the surgery was risky, While the surgery was risky, both Dr. Morris and Sarah agreed to go through with it.
After her multiple surgeries, Sarah got that change in appearance that was enough to make her happier.
Despite her physical changes, she’s still the positive and kind woman she always was.
Her willingness and bravery have brought her where she is right now.
Her story teaches us that we deserve the same treatment.