This girl has more courage than most people. Forward this to those who complain about their Starbucks drinks not having enough froth.
Daily Mail – A teenage girl who has been verbally abused for years by other children has revealed how she has come to love the hundreds of birthmarks covering her face and body.
Ciera Swaringen, 19, of Rockwell, North Carolina, was diagnosed with Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus after being born with the oversized mole-like marks.
They cover more than two-thirds of her body, with the largest one stretching from her navel to her lower thighs.
Since she was a small child, she has had to endure cruel taunts from other children – and adults – but she has developed a positive attitude towards her rare skin condition, which affects around one in every 500,000 people.
‘Teenage boys are usually the first ones to comment when they see me,’ she said. ‘They say things like, “You look like you’re dirty, take a wash.”
‘But 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.
‘Everyone is born to look different, and we should all feel beautiful in our own skin.’
The shoe-store clerk, who recently graduated from high school, admitted she used to struggle to overcome the negative comments she received.
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