Out & About
Welcome to the Out and About section of iFace. Here you can find out what other young people with disfigurement are getting up to!
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When I was about 12 years old I was swimming with a few friends,
attempting to dive into the deep end, but failing miserably. I got out
and kept trying, when I was standing on the side practicing my dives I
turned around and saw about 4 teenagers laughing at me. I've been
swimming hardly ever since then.
I have a birthmark on the back on my leg and I've hated it ever since I was old enough to know what it was.
I've been in and out of consultation rooms deciding whether or not to have surgery, which will leave me with a scar.
I was referred to people but was never completely happy with what they told me. So I decided not to have surgery and went to the 'Nhs Camoflauge' people instead. They had creams which completely matched the colour of my skin and when I put it on it looked like I had no discolourment at all.
Nearly four years on from the insecure 12 year old I once was, the past few months I've been having counselling sessions with this amazing woman.
She makes me feel so good about myself, and every other week when I see her she sets me challenges, such as;
Ask my close friends what they thought of my birthmark the 1st and 2nd time they saw it
Walk around the house with the camoflauge cream on and see how I feel, etc.
Last week I built up the courage to go swimming. I was a bit nervous at first but when I was in the pool and getting out I just thought of all the things my councellor had taught me, and why would I even care what other people thought? I was Sarah, and thats all I could of been, with or without a birthmark.
Sarah, aged 15
28th Feb 08 @ 18:34
emily aged 12
6th Mar 08 @ 21:05
because people just think
'oh my god...what she doing in this swimming pool?!'
- nice people, aren't they?!
I prefer going swimming in a non-public one!
8th Mar 08 @ 20:39
you could always say to them - at least i look good in a bikini! :)
9th Oct 08 @ 22:16
7th Mar 09 @ 09:32
your a real inspiration to people who struggle with this :)
19th May 09 @ 13:51
So i don't go swimming anymore. I've been given some make-up from the NHS but i don't think that it covers it up enough, and i can still see it. It's not actually a birthmark, its a low flow vascular malformation right buccal space, oropharynx and nasopharynx, but if anybody ever asks i just say its a birthmark.I hate it,but have been put on the waiting list for an operation. There is only a 50% chance that it will work though. I just want it gone.
But i think that you just shouldn't care what other people think, and should have confidence in yourself (: