As a Microtia ear reconstruction surgeon, I am very grateful for many things. One of which is the influence of my Microtia patients on my own children.
My 12 year old daughter, Kaci (AKA Vice President of our non-profit, Earicles ~ Miracles For Ears), brought home her recent assignment from school: Think of a specific problem or issue that you might want to change in the world around you. Here is her response:
Ever since I was really little, I have always been against teasing and bullying. My mom is an ear surgeon who operates on kids, teens and some adults who have this rare ear condition called Microtia. Microtia means little ear, and it is when you are born with little to no ear(s). Some of the people that have Microtia are also born with a facial deformity. They get called names and get stared at so much when they are in the public, that they feel so embarrassed and uncomfortable that they just want to hide. Most of them hide it under their hair, but they know they can’t hide it forever. So what, they’re not normal, but no one is.
Everyone is different in their own special way and I think that is the definition of perfect, not weird. When you tease someone like that you have to realize…they didn’t choose to be born like that, they couldn’t control it, they just happened to be born with it, and anyone could’ve. Sometime in my life, I want to teach people to be 100% proud and confident in who they are, but until then, I’m going to stand up for those people that can’t stand up for themselves.
Did your microtia child or their sibling write or draw something special for school? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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