It’s an unfortunate reality of life that children can be very cruel. While many adults embrace what makes them different, growing up, most people want nothing more than to blend into the crowd, something which is almost impossible for those with major physical differences.
As a child, 24-year-old Lorena Bolanos was unphased by her large birthmark which covered half of her body. It was only when she went to school and began to get bullied that it affected her confidence, with her classmates calling her “chocolate chip cookie” and “Dalmatian”.
Lorena, who is from Mexico, was born with a number of raised birthmarks, the largest of which is known as a giant congenital melanocytic nevus.
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The bullying Lorena suffered eventually got so bad that she was told to kill herself by one of her classmates.
By the time Lorna started university, she was suffering from depression because of the bullying. Not wanting to get taunted again, she resorted to covering up her birthmarks with long-sleeved t-shirts and scarves despite Mexico’s hot climate.