Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I was born with a birthmark on the side of my face. It has never bothered me-I have never minded having it.
I can only remember being teased about it once.
I was on a boat with 3 others, and when it happened everyone just looked at the person. Nobody laughed or reacted- just stared.
I have only had 1 complete stranger talk to me about it.
I was a server at the Olive Garden in Provo, and a man from another table motioned me over and said "you can have that removed, you know-and it would probably be a good idea to." I answered that I had been seen by a Dr, and they felt everything was fine, and that it did not bother me.
A few years later, I went in for an examination, and had a biopsy done on a dark spot, and a mole removed right next to it. There was a mix up on the tests, and they had me worried for a bit. They sent it off for a second biopsy and everything was fine. They felt that keeping my birthmark would be just fine.
In December I was at the Dr. for bronchitis,and during the exam, he started looking at my birthmark and commented that I should really have somebody check it out. I went over my history with him, and he recommended that I just get it re-checked. I have yet to make that appointment.
My birthmark is a part of me- but I forget I have it.
I think that a lot of people who know me get so used to it that they forget I have it too. I have had several people say, that they forgot I had one, when the subject of birthmarks comes up.
A funny thing...a neighbor just this Christmas, asked if I had hurt myself on the side of my head. I said, no, why, is there something there? I reached up to the side of my face, and just as I realized he was talking about my birthmark, his wife said-"honey thats her birthmark"-he replied that he had never noticed it before.
Little children will sometimes ask what it is.
All my kids as baby's have touched it, and looked on the other side of my face to see if I have one there.
I am totally comfortable with a birthmark on my face.