Misty's Story: Accepting Her Birth Defects and Being Happy
Be Happy! Be You! Nobody is Perfect!
My name is Misty and I was born on April 21, 1993. I was born with amniotic constrictions in my toes and fingers. My mother told me I was transferred to Children's Hospital Los Angeles when I was a baby. I’m grateful this hospital did everything they could to help me have as much of a normal life as possible. I know there are other children in worse conditions than I have been.
I can’t explain how grateful I am. My mother didn't have much money for my surgeries and an organization called "March of Dimes" paid for every single “dime.” Since I am 19 years old and able to work, I will be donating money to their organization. I couldn't be more grateful.
Even though I don't remember anything from my surgeries as a baby or what it felt like, I know it happened and there is no hiding it. My birth defects make me who I am today. If I were able to turn back the hand of time I wouldn’t change anything.
The challenges of having birth defects can have a huge impact on many people’s lives. I had to go through name-calling because other children thought I was weird because of my fingers. People gave me dirty looks or said horrible and mean things. But, none of it matters to me because they didn’t survive the struggle I did and they didn’t know the feeling I did. To them, they were perfect. I am happy for my birth defects because I can let any child who is going through the same thing know that it’s going to be okay, there is nothing wrong with them and they are normal and BEAUTIFUL!
The problem with amniotic constrictions is that it’s hard to tell if a child is going to have birth defects because it is hard to see in ultrasounds. Even though it is challenging there are teams of doctors, nurses, caregivers that are willing to help give you a normal feeling of life back. Till this day, as I matured from being little and not understanding about my condition, I can say that I understand and I am happy with my life. Any child with birth defects is normal and BEAUTIFUL. We are equal and capable of anything in life we don’t have flaws. We are flawless!
My words of advice to other children like me is Be who you are. Be happy. Be strong! Don’t let anything change you. Yes, we are different, in so many ways, but being comfortable in your own skin is the most beautiful feeling ever.
I STAND FOR ALL THE CHILDREN WITH BIRTH DEFECTS I LOVE HOW I CAN SHOW THEM YOU WILL GROW UP TO BE PERFECTLY FINE IN THIS IMPERFECT WORLD!