Hello everyone! My name is Megan and I was born missing three fingers on my left hand, and also have a smaller palm on the affected side due to ABS. Fortunately, I have really good function in my hand and have had absolutely no trouble throughout life (I’m 30).
The hardest part of this defect was dealing with my own fears regarding what others would think while in highschool. In 30 years I can recall 3 times I’ve been made fun of. All three times I had a ton of people there to stand up for me.
My parents made having a birth defect a thousand times better for me simply by acting like nothing was different. I did a lot as a child from girl scouts and softball, to swim teams and cheerleading. My parents also spoke with every educator I was assigned to until I reached 5th grade giving them a heads up that I could do everything and to not treat me differently or act like anything was wrong.
I am now a grown woman. I have a loving family of my own, and I work as a nurse. Over the years I’ve also acquired a USPA skydiving lisence and have completed 436 jumps. I rock climb and do all sorts of other risky outdoor activities as well. I type just as fast, if not faster than the majority and have pretty much done well in everything I’ve tried.
The point is that something as simple as this in my case anyway isn’t a setback at all. I’d feel like a horrible deceptive person if someone had try to make things easier for me in anyway. There’s nothing wrong with me. I’d definitely rather have this than most other things I can think of. Id even prefer it over being obese or having a bad case of acne. For any kids born different with a similar case know that your not. You’re just like everyone else, you just have an awesome conversation starter, and a free excuse to be nosey in a lot of cases:)