My Differences By Peyton Chandler (Age 10)

When I was born, I was born different. You’re probably thinking everyone is different. When I was born, I was born with a cleft palate. Most people don’t know what cleft palate is, cleft palate is when you are born with no palate on the roof of your mouth. This has affected my life in many ways.

Because of my cleft palate, people have bullied me, one kid called me upper lip kid. This brought me anxiety, and when I was younger, every night I would cry myself to sleep. I used to punch holes in the wall to deal with anger, so I have taken anger management classes. In third grade, I had massive meltdowns every day because of my brother’s friends and other people. There was a friend that helped me through all of my issues. He said, “I was teased for having a cleft palate too, and I just walked away. Look at me now, I am working at McDonald’s for $15.00 an hour!”

In my life, I have had ten surgeries beginning at five months old, and my last one was the past summer. I don’t like the way they say to me, “Say goodbye to your parents” before surgery. It seemed to me it meant I wouldn’t see them again. I still need to have more surgeries and I’m afraid. When I have surgery, I need special medicine to fall asleep and it makes me act really strangely and different. It’s not an easy process.

In the future, I will help other people that go through what I have been through. When I am seventeen, my surgeries will be done and I’d like to tell others about cleft palate and how to handle the stress. It’s hard to handle cleft palate with all the teasing, and people being mean and rude, but I’m glad I have cleft palate. You’re probably like, why exactly? Because I have had the experience.

8 Responses to “My Differences By Peyton Chandler (Age 10)”

  1. Rosalie DwyerFebruary 14, 2021 at 2:53 pm #

    Peyton, you are so far ahead of the bullies. Many times bullies are really very afraid of things they don’t understand and they think the only way to bring themselves up is to put others down. It’s their problem, not yours. Be confident and comfortable in your own skin. You are an amazing guy.

  2. KarinFebruary 11, 2021 at 9:50 pm #

    Peyton, you should be very proud of yourself…what a wonderful truthful pretrial of your life experiences!!!
    I’ve only met you once with your Meme on line when I was with her in Florida but I could tell you were smart and fun and someone special!!
    I believe you will change the world! Keep writing!
    Great job! Karin

  3. Darcey MillerFebruary 10, 2021 at 6:43 pm #

    Peyton Chandler! You are one of the funniest cool kids I know! Your experience has only made you tougher and taught you exactly what kind of person you don’t want to be! It’s so ok to be different, everyone is different in their own ways! Never change who you are and the right friends will love you for exactly who you are just like we do! Great writing buddy!

    • PeytonFebruary 11, 2021 at 6:53 am #

      Thank you so much, I tried to really dig deep on this peace of writing

  4. Reg ReidFebruary 10, 2021 at 4:58 pm #

    Awesome buddy, proud to be your Grand father!!!

  5. John MillerFebruary 10, 2021 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi Payton I really enjoyed the story you wrote. You have showed a lot of courage for a 10 year old boy. I am happy to call you a friend. If the bullying gets to rough come visit us in West Chapman. We don’t do bullying out here. Payton you have a bright future. Your courage and determination will take you a long ways in life. So “Play ball” young man!! PS

  6. Tamma DumaisFebruary 10, 2021 at 4:30 pm #

    Peyton your one special little guy!!! You will help and guide so many people when it comes time! Your a true inspiration! ❤️

  7. Lynne BrabantFebruary 10, 2021 at 9:12 am #

    Peyton, thank you for sharing your experience! By doing so, you’re already helping others! You are so brave and strong! What a meaningful piece of writing! Mrs. B.

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