My parents taught me from a very young age that beauty is only skin deep and that what really matters is what’s within.
I’ve subscribed to that belief my whole life, but unfortunately too many people out there seem to have missed out on that important lesson.
Bullies have taunted 19-year-old Ciera Swaringen her entire life because she was born with Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus — a rare skin affliction that has left her body covered in hundreds of oversized moles and birthmarks.
As a child, she was subjected to cruel taunts from strangers and kids her age. She recently spoke to the Daily Mail and said, “One day I remember being on the school bus and hearing a young boy laugh at me and call me a spotty dog. That really knocked my confidence. I was only young and it made me feel different to the other kids, like something was wrong with me.”
While someone more negative and less strong might have let these comments get the best of them, Ciera pushed on, and what she says about her appearance today nearly moved me to tears…
Though comments and stares can sometimes get to Ciera, she has remained positive and confident. She credits this to her supportive parents who once told her that her birthmarks were really “angel kisses.”
Removing the birthmarks was never an option, as doctors said she had too many, and she’d just get more as she grew older. Though they pose no harm, she has to take extra caution in protecting herself from the sun.
Now, as a young woman, she has embraced the beautiful marks that make her unique. She told the Daily Mail, “Everyone is born to look different, and we should all feel beautiful in our own skin.”
She has embraced her looks, and those who know her well know her more for her outgoing, positive personality rather than her skin.
The North Carolina resident has found an online community of people with the same affliction, and she plans to attend a conference to meet them in person.
She continues to spread a positive message, saying, “I’m so proud to be different and, at the end of the day, we all have something about us that’s unusual, whether it’s on the inside or the outside.”
Hopefully, Ciera’s powerful message of acceptance can help affect younger people who may not feel so confident with their own physical appearances.
Ciera’s message has already made a huge impact here in the YaadHustle Tv office. Please SHARE if you also agree that her message of self-acceptance should touch everyone we know!