Inspirational People: Ciera Swaringen

Ciera Swaringen is a young lady from North Carolina. Ciera was born with a rare condition called Congenital Melanocytic Nevus which causes mole like Birthmarks to develop on the skin. Ciera’s mole like birthmarks cover more than two-thirds of her body and since she was a young child, she has endured cruel taunts from both children and adults. Ciera told the Daily Mail “Teenage boys are usually the first ones to comment when they see me, they say things like, “You look like you’re dirty, take a wash.” But I’m so proud to be different and, at the end of the day, we all have something about us that’s unusual, whether it’s on the inside or the outside. Everyone is born to look different, and we should all feel beautiful in our own skin.”

Ciera added “One day I remember being on the school bus and hearing a young boy laugh at me and call me a spotty dog. That really knocked my confidence, I was only young and it made me feel different to the other kids like something was wrong with me. Over time I’ve learnt to brush off negative comments and remember that most people stare and say cruel things because they’re not used to seeing someone with my condition. People in my town don’t bat an eye when they see me now, as they know me. But if I go somewhere new, it’s not so easy.”

Today Ciera has developed a positive outlook on her condition. Through research, she also discovered online groups run by Nevus Outreach. Nevus Outreach is an association that supports people who have been affected by the condition. Ciera said, “Discovering groups on Facebook has helped me realise that I’m not alone, I’m hoping I will be able to attend a Nevus Outreach conference, so I can meet other people with my condition.”

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