My name is Gwyneth. I’m eight years old and I’m in grade 3. My difference is that I was born with a preauricular sinus near my left ear. My Daddy and I spoke to the doctor about it when I was a little girl. Compared with many things that can happen to you, it’s really not a big deal. It’s like having a tiny hole near your ear.
My Mommy’s father has one too, and so do my Aunt and my seven year-old cousin. They’re an inherited trait that I got from my Mom, although she doesn’t have one herself. Once I tried to breathe out of it (it’s a sinus, right?), but I can’t.
I used to be self-conscious about it. I would always wear my hair down so people wouldn’t notice the hole in my head (that seemed to me to be very big). What would my friends say if they found out that I had a hole in my head? Would they ask me what it was? And if I told them that it was a sinus, would they tease me?
One day, I was talking to my friend Olivia, and I said “Olivia, I have something to tell you.” She asked me what it was. I told her that I had a hole in my head, and that I wanted to show her. She was surprised. Then I showed her my sinus. She said “Is that it? I thought that it was going to be bigger than that! That’s just a tiny hole!”
That made me feel good, and made me think that maybe it’s just bigger in my head because I thought about it so much. And then, after what Olivia said, I thought maybe it’s not that big after all – and there are plenty of people who have tougher things to deal with than me.
Now I wear my hair in a ponytail almost every day!