Adoptees often have emotional baggage over feeling rejected by their birth parents. This is vastly worse if they know they were literally abandoned because of something about themselves.
Such is the backstory of Jono Lancaster, who has a genetic disorder. Treacher Collins syndrome causes a child to have facial deformities, plus hearing issues and eating problems. They are otherwise developmentally normal. When he was less than two days old, he was abandoned over his birth defect. But Jean Lancaster, a lady with a big heart, soon adopted him.
Unfortunately, her love could not protect him from the cruelty of school kids who mocked him and shunned him. This left him socially isolated and very unhappy, something he tried to hide, but it came out as rebelliousness when he was a teen.
Things began to change when he was 19 and offered a job at a bar. Although intensely nervous at first, it ultimately helped him get over his social anxiety and make friends.
He soon finished an educational program and started his career in the field of fitness. Although his face is still shaped by his genetic disorder, he has the body of an Adonis. He also now has a beautiful wife and a happy marriage.
The happy couple has made it their mission to help others like Jono. With her support, he does a lot of volunteer work with children with the same syndrome, as well as children with other disabilities, such as Autism. His inspiring works impacts people from around the world.
Its the kiwi kids I was lucky enough to meet in Auckland! Seeing them all become friends was amazing x
His birth parents have never learned to accept him. Of course, this is still a source of pain for him. However, he has learned to accept himself and has become an inspiration to others. These days, when doctors ask him if he wants more plastic surgery, he says no. He feels this is how God made him.
What the world views as an ugly face is just the facade for a beautiful soul who has become an inspiring teacher and role model for both children and adults alike. His takeaway from his life experiences was that his attitude had been a much bigger problem than his genetic disorder.
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