This lady may be a little short in height, but this lady has the biggest heart out of every one I've ever met. This lady has been a foster carer for 30 years, she loves and has given herself to so many. This lady cried every time a child moved onto another foster home as she felt somehow she had failed them. This lady despite been a single mom in her 40's took me on despite not knowing what the future held. This lady adopted me and along with Claire and Stephen gave me an amazing family. This lady is an angel, sent to me when I needed one the most. This angels name is Jean, my mum, my hero.Even with that unconditional love, though, it wasn’t until Jono was in his early 20s that he finally accepted the way he looked and stopped shying away from mirrors.
He’s come a long way since then.
"I've had to be positive throughout my whole entire life. Everybody just looks at me and underestimates me, and I've always had to prove people wrong."
I am proud of who I am and what I have achieved – and Treacher Collins made me who I am today.”BBC Now 32 and with a long-time girlfriend who he met at the gym, Jono is a vocal advocate for others affected by Treacher Collins, using his own experiences to speak with groups and at schools around the world. But given the opportunity to undergo facial reconstructive surgery, would he take it? Absolutely not, because he wouldn’t be him.
“God made me like this and I was born like this for a reason.”So what's changed? Where does his new outlook come from?
I'm still a lad from West Yorkshire with the same amazing family and friends, (they've always been there). I still have the same face, I still have Treacher Collins! What's changed is my attitude.
Instead of feeling sorry for my self I believe in myself. Instead of asking why me, I'm thinking it's good to be me. Instead of hating the way I look I love the way I look.
Instead of hiding away I'm choosing to show my face to the world and the amazing smile and blue eyes that go with it. I'm choosing to live!
There's nothing more disabling than a bad attitude!!!!! Believe in yourself, be positive and love all that you are and your world will become a better place too!To find out more about this incredible man whose positive outlook enables him to advocate for others, watch the BBC documentary “Love Me, Love My Face” below. Share to inspire a positive attitude and love of self in others! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJDlZLvrh8c
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