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There is a myth that a birthmark is a sign of how we died in a previouslife I have lived with a rough purple upside down Christmas treeshaped birthmark on the back of my leg for seventeen years It issomething that is unique to me and I have learned to be proud of thispurple lumpy bump From the time I was born not only have my parentsbeen questioned but also myself Always being asked what happened tothe back of your leg is it a tattoo were you burned by amotorcycle the questions are endless The birthmark was supposed togo away by the time I was five years of age To the doctors surprise itwas still there in and they recommended that it be removed After apainful surgery in the first grade a two inch hole in my leg formultiple months and countless trips to Boston childrens hospital thebirthmark grew back This purple lumpy bump is still with me today As a young child I was always very self-conscious due to this purplebump on the back of my right leg I always wanted it to be covered sothat strangers and my friends would not question me about my flawUnfortunately it was hard to wear pants because the pants would rub onmy birthmark causing it to bleed like a never ending stream because itwas connected to a blood vessel I was always ashamed when new peoplewould discover my birthmark Why was I different from everyone else whydo people stare at the back of my legAround the time that I entered high school I came to the realizationthat my birthmark makes me who I am Going from a class of 22 to a classof over 300 everyone has an aspect about themselves that they do notnecessarily like but it makes them unique I have meet many peoplethroughout my life by people coming up to me and questioning me about mybirthmark I have learned to accept my flaws
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