I was born with a rare syndrome called
tilted disc syndrome. It affects 1 to 2 percent of the population and I was one
of the unfortunate ones to get it. This caused my eye to be in this awkward
location. My parents didn’t notice it until I was
3 and when I finally went to the doctor for the first time to see about the
problem, they said they couldn’t do anything about it. So for most of my
childhood I had to live with this appearance. This caused a lot of bullying
and a lot of kids to call me ugly and a lot of kids thought I was blind. I didn’t
trust anyone except a few friends who I had who didn’t care about how I looked.
Around this time there was a new book that came out called “Wonder”. So I finally
decided to read it and this gave me a lot of inspiration to stand up because
even though I was born with this weird syndrome, I knew I was still beautiful.
it’s just the other kids were too blind to see it.
I got through my elementary school years, and I finally got the treatment I needed
so then I could have a normal appearance. Though there were a lot of side effects.
I did get sick and I got a lot of headaches but that was only for a few
months and then finally I was good. But they had to plant these metal implants
so then my eye could be adjusted and that caused some weird facial
expressions. So whenever I grinned it would look really weird and whenever I
was looking over at someone my eyes would be really wide open. A lot of kids
started to call me “The Devil” and it was really really sad. It’s caused a lot of
depression and me though I thought of what the Wonder kid Auggie would do and
I realized that who cares…You be you. You’re amazing. I just went with that
throughout my middle school years. I’m a freshman in high school now and I don’t
care how I look I don’t care if I have a weird facial expression. I don’t care if
I once was a freak. I just be myself and that is what gets you through life. So
now all those people who are being bullied out there for their looks. just
remember you are beautiful on the inside and that’s
all that matters.