Poland Syndrome Support

How to survive being stared at….

tipsHaving Poland Syndrome can make you feel self-conscious enough without the added pressure of having people stare at you.  During one of the PIP-UK’s trawl through websites we came across an article that talks about just that. So lets introduce you to Ryan Haack:

“I’m Ryan.  I’m a husband, a father, a pastor, and a writer.  I love making people laugh and getting people to think.  I love learning and admit I don’t have it all together.  I believe everyone has their own view of the world and has an amazing story to tell.”

Ryan wrote a great article about how to cope with people staring at you and how to deal with this. He talks about kids, parents and well everyone else! Staring at someone who is different is just the way people are made and it can be tough sometimes to deal with this. Ryan sums this up quite well:

And while these ideas help me to some extent, the reality is that sometimes it still hurts to be stared at.  Maybe you feel the same way.  Maybe you’re tall.  Or short.  Or overweight.  Or you have red hair.  Or no hair.  Or you limp.  Or you’re in a wheelchair.  Or you’re blind.  Or you’re a different color than all your friends.  It could be anything.  I want to tell you that it’s ok to not enjoy being stared at.  I also want to tell you to accept that it is a fact of life.  Most people don’t mean to be rude.  Most people don’t even want to stare, they just can’t help it.

Take a look at the link, have a read and tell us what you think? How do you cope? Got any tips you can share with the rest of us? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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4 Responses to “How to survive being stared at….”

  1. Going out in public with Brody is always a bit touchy. Of course I’m proud, so proud to show off my beautiful happy and very special baby boy. His deformities are extremely noticeable. I’ve realized in the past few months every single place we go, adults whispering is what I hear and their stares are what I see. Children flat out ask, what is wrong with his hand and I am more than glad to explain it to them as they are just as innocent, they are curious and need to learn some are born different, they should grow to learn not to pick on those because they are different. Educating children to be acceptable of all people all shapes and sizes is so important to me. As I said it’s adults whispering that I don’t get. It’s hurtful. Just ask me please….I love to educate and bring awareness to Brody’s condition and Polands!

    • PIP-UK says:

      Hello Ann Marie

      We love Brody and we are looking forward to sharing his achievements and accomplishments. We are grateful that you let us share with everyone his pictures and videos. It’s so important to help other parents who feel concerned and worried.

      The other part of course is getting the message out to everyone else. We started by focusing on the Poland Syndrome community but are quickly realising the need to go beyond that and share with everyone.

      Thank you for your wonderful support we so appreciate it.

      PIP-UK Team x

  2. dave says:

    I am 56 and ive never got over being embarrassed and still don’t I never take my shirt off to go swimming or sunbathing if my grandkids come up I put my shirt on very rare I have my shirt off I only found out about 3 or4 years ago what I had if my life depended on me taking my shirt off in public I still wouldn’t I hate it more then anything

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