Becoming parents is probably the most awaited and emotional time in any couple’s life. A baby completes their family. The news itself is enough to take them to cloud 9. And the moment they see the baby’s face, for the first time, their heart fills with happiness and joy. The feeling is unexplainable.
Fair or dark, underweight or normal, no matter how the baby is, for parents their kid is the best. They are the only people in this whole world who doesn’t judge us by our looks.
However, what if your parent abandon you just because you don’t look good enough. The imagination itself is frightening and heartbreaking. However, this actually happened with Jono Lancaster. His story will amaze you.
Jono was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome. This is a condition in which some of the bones of the face are not developed. Due to the underdevelopment of the bones, the structure of the face changes.
His parents abandoned him just 30 hours of his birth. However, he was lucky enough as a woman whose name was Jean Lancaster adopted him. Jono doesn’t feel bad about what happened to him. In
In fact, he considers himself lucky as many people who suffers from this same syndrome need to undergo approx 70 surgeries to survive. He realized that he was different from others when he went to school.
He said, “They’d pull their eyes down, or run away, yelling that they’d catch my disease. I’d ask Jean why they did that, and she’d cry. Then I felt guilty that I’d made my mom cry.”
Growing up in a bullied atmosphere of the school, he became very rebellious. He would even bribe people with sweets so that they like him and become his friend.
“I was desperate to have friends, I’d do anything. I had no confidence. I’d buy sweets and give them to the other kids so that they’d like me.”
His life changed when he was 19. A manager of a bar where he often used to visit offered him a job at his bar.
“I was so nervous and scared about people’s reactions. Drunk people can be so horrible, so obvious,” he said. “It wasn’t easy, but at the same time I met so many nice people who were genuinely interested in me and my face.”
Today he works as an inspirational teacher. He says,”My parents still want nothing to do with me. What’s changed is my attitude, and that’s so powerful. [.] I wouldn’t change any of it. My attitude was more disabling than anything. With the right attitude, you can achieve anything.”