‘Every time I post my baby boy’s photo online, people’s comments are so mean and they beg me to stop.’
Every person is beautiful in their own way. Some people are a bit different than the rest, but those differences are what make them special and unique.
In fact, it is the differences that make this world a colorful place. Unfortunately, the number of people who give themselves the right to judge others based on the way they look is huge.
The mean words, the stares, and the judgment will always be present. What we need to do is learn to ignore the mean comments and always see the positive in life.
Natasha is a mother of two. Her one-year-old son Raedyn has been born with a condition known as Pfeiffer Syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones which prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face.
As every mother out there, Natasha loves posting photos of her children on her social media. Unfortunately, many post mean comments about Raedyn, such as “What’s wrong with your child? and “Why does your child look like that?”
Many even tell her to stop posting videos on TikTok, judging her parenting.
Natasha, however, says that her baby boy is just like any other child out there and she’s not ashamed of showing him to the world.
“I will not stop… just because he looks different doesn’t mean that he is any less – he is perfect,” she says.
Some people on TikTok even wrote, “What quality of life will he have?”and “Why would you make him live like that? Such a miserable life that you’re permitting him to live.”
Sadly, this doesn’t only happen on the social media but in real life too. Many approach Natasha and ask her about Raedyn.
“People just come up to me and rudely say: ‘what’s wrong with your child? Or why does your child look like that?’ …that’s not how you talk to a human being.”
“It’s exhausting to explain my son’s health problems over and over” she shared, and added: “He lives a life like every other child… does he look different? Absolutely – but that doesn’t make him any less.”
This mother does all in her power to provide Raedyn with the best life possible and to protect him from the stares and the judgment he receives. “He deserves life, he deserves acceptance – I will fight until my dying day for that.”
Further, Natasha says, “What people need to understand is that I am just a mum and my son is just a baby… our life doesn’t revolve around his diagnosis.
“We are just a normal family. I pray for the world to accept disabled people one day and not judge off of their appearance and the things they cannot do.”
Hearing life stories like that of Natasha and Raedyn make us think of the struggles these people experience on a daily basis. We truly hope that people will learn to accept the differences and our societies will be more inclusive in the future.