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Monday, 18 December 2017

My Rare Facial Deformity Nearly Ruined My Life | BORN DIFFERENT

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha December 19, 2017 :
AN INSPIRING young woman has taken it upon herself to become an advocate for the condition. Cynthia Murphy was born with the rare craniofacial disorder, Treacher Collins Syndrome - a genetic disorder characterised by the deformity of the eyes, ears, cheekbones and chin, affecting only one in 50,000 people. With no cure for the condition, patients often undergo various surgeries to try and reduce the severity of their facial deformities. The 32-year-old, from Green Valley Lake, California, experienced an onslaught of bullying throughout her childhood – getting beaten up after school and being labelled as ‘ugly', the abuse plagued her for years into her adult life. But now, after more than 16 plastic surgeries and one major jaw reconstruction, Cynthia has found strength through advocating for her condition and helping others with craniofacial deformities in their quest to find happiness.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.