Bullying can be really depressing, frustrating and devastating in our world. People tend to act or talk differently to people that are different from them in the slightest ways possible. It is weird to know that people could discriminate against one another on the basis of natural things like moles and birthmark. Little wonder the advocacy against discrimination on any ground whatsoever is flying so strong across everywhere on the globe. Yet, some adamant folks are showing no signs of slowing is discriminating against or bullying people for being themselves or on the basis of what makes them distinct or special.
If you have been bullied before or you have victims of the menace around you, I bet you could tell how self-demoralizing and confidence derailing this could be. In fact, a bullied person has the tendency of losing trust in anyone around him or her. Still some people can really come out strong of being bullied depending on how mindfully strong they are. This they do by accepting the very thing that caused them to be bullied. Some bullied individuals also attract peoples’ empathy and support.
Kiana Smith is one of the wonderfully strong individuals that come out strong after being bullied. This 39 years old woman lives in Cumana, Trinidad, but she was born with a port wine stain birthmark covering almost half of her face. The mark is perhaps the rarest in human history. It covers her left side of the face including her ear, neck and some part of her chest. It was a visible mark since when she was born and that grows larger throughout her life. This leaves her looking different from everyone around her.
This rare mark puts Kiana at the receiving end of demeaning nicknames and bullying treatments. One of the names she was being called is the ‘purple people eater’. Kiana tried a few things including surgery in order to reduce the mark. Laser treatment was also administered for her on that area of the face. Fortunately for her, the surgeries helped and the treatment worked just perfectly. She is rid of the bulk on her face at the moment.
The transformation has since been noteworthy on her. The previous feeling of blood pumping through the unsightly birthmark has gone away, and her impaired speech which was due to the mark has been corrected.
You might want to know how this kind of birthmark come to place. Really simple! The port wine was an outgrowth of blood vessels. The uncorrected growth resulted in the rare birthmark. The growth can never go away permanently and she has lived up to that reality. The most significant thing however is that Kiana never allowed the birthmark to stop her from living her life the ways and manners she wished to. She even said that she knows people are going to stare but that s their problems and not hers. She has since become the ambassador for the Vascular Birthmark Foundation.
Kiana was never sure what the future holds for her but her strong mind prepared her mentally for life. Now, the sky is her starting point. Although she admitted that she is not going to be fully happy for how she looks, but she said she is thankful for everything that has happened in her life while assuring everyone that she would continue to strive for all her goals and dreams. She has never allowed her situation to create a condition for her, rather she has achieved a great deal for herself despite her physical appearance. Just maybe, the best is yet to come for her.