My Flaunt Story By Landon Svatek (Age 12)

Hi. My name is Landon Svatek and I am 12 years old. I like basketball, video games, and playing with my sister and pets Bella, Finn and Papa. Anyway, this is about my flaunt so let’s get started. My flaunt is my arm. I was born with right arterial thrombosis which is a blood clot that affected my right arm and hand. 

As a result of my right arterial thrombosis, my hand is stiff and my fingers are puffier than on my right hand. Also, my wrist is stiff and I can’t make a fist. I have no nail on my index finger either. I have always been different on the outside but on the inside I have always felt the same. When I have my arm out, people sometimes stare or they ask me, “What happened to your arm?”  Although I prefer questions to kids just pointing or staring, I really want to be treated like everyone else but sometimes I’m not. 

I am grateful for who I am. I know people have differences but sometimes I feel like I am the only one who has a difference from everyone else. One of the positive things about my arm is that I know what it feels like to be different. I can help other kids when they feel like they are the only one that’s different and can flaunt it (see what I did there?). If you feel different from everyone else, whether you have a disability or even feel different because you now have to wear glasses, you are not alone. That’s my story, so thanks for hearing it and remember, Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It!

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