During my summer 2017 trip to Jamaica, I got a skin infection which increased the volume of my face by a significant amount. This caused children to laugh and point, and when I presented my passport at the airport, I had to plead my case to security because I wasn’t recognizable as the person in my passport photo.
Upon returning to Canada, I had to cancel my G test because my eyes were swollen shut, not good conditions for driving. My skin infection lasted 5 days, and I was incredibly thankful when my face was restored to everyday size.
This transformation taught me that it can be hurtful when strangers laugh or stare at your physical condition, and made me more sensitive to the emotions of others. I now share my skin infection photos with others in hopes of getting a laugh or a smile, but also as a reminder to be smile no matter how I feel I look that day, because I can always say I’ve looked worse!