How many of you have been stared at, pointed at or even worse, bullied or laughed at for looking different? Many of us living with facial or bodily disfigurement have gone through this. We are all created different with unique gifts and qualities.  It would be boring or mundane if we were all the same, wouldn’t it? I am reminded of a quote. 

“Be different so that people can see you clearly amongst the crowds. ” 

                                                                                          Mehmet Murat ildan

Some of us are born looking different from congenital anomolies.  The rest aquire facial or bodily differences from one cause or another such as, cancer, burns, other medical conditions, accidents or trauma  As I have spoken to many individuals, I have found that it does not matter when it occurs, it seems that  all individuals face the same challenges.  We all want to fit in. 

I have read an article recently in the AMA Journal of Ethics  April 2018 issue discussing facial disfigurement and self concept.  What if you had facial disfigurement requiring a face transplant? Your face is the first line of communication and your identity. Read about Facial Disfigurement and Identity: A Review of Literature and Implications for Facial Transplantation in the link below.