TO THE READERS OF THIS TRUE STORY: “PROMISE YOURSELF THAT YOU WILL NEVER LAUGH ON SOMEONE” “SAY NO TO BULLYING”
Everyone is born different.” – Ciera Swaringen response to most hateful comments, stares and laughs. Growing up in Rockwell, North Carolina. Ciera Swaringen is a regular everyday person. The only difference is that Ciera has birthmarks all over her body. Facing bullying, taunting and insulted by other kids was part of her life. But her humbling attitude revealed that no matter how people will judge her, she will love the plenty of birthmarks that are covering her body and her face. There were more than 100 moles on her body and the largest birthmark on her body is from her navel to her thighs. She has a skin disease called Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. According to google, “The congenital melanocytic nevus is a type of melanocytic nevus (or mole) found in infants at birth. This type of birthmark occurs in an estimated 1% of infants worldwide; it is located in the area of the head and neck 15% of the time.” Birthmarks are sometimes evenly marked on the body. These birthmarks are called naevis. Nevus are giant birthmarks or moles on the body. Ciera’s birthmarks were present on her skin from birth, which make them congenital. Cells in hair that produce the pigment melanin are called Melanocytes. According to Wikipedia, “Melanocytes” are melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer (the stratum basale) of the skin’s epidermis, the middle layer of the eye (the uvea), the inner ear, meninges, bones, and heart. Melanin is the pigment primarily responsible for skin color.
When she was born, doctors told Ciera’s parents that the birthmarks would be no harm to her therefore they sent her home. That time, she was just a kid. Ciera would have to suffer from bullying and cruel kids as well as some heartless adults would tease her with all sorts of bad nicknames. If we think for a second, this was not her will to be like this. But people will always judge others no matter what! At the age of 19, She learned many things during her life and She has certainly become more positive in accepting her condition, which affects 1 in every 500,000 people. According to her, teenage boys are the meanest of them all, and they would usually greet her with insulting remarks like how she looks dirty, and that she needs to shower.