A silent struggle

You may not know that I was born with my hips dislocated, and was in a brace for first few months of life…which now allows me to walk normally as an adult. As I grew, I was plagued with crowded teeth and a small palate, undergoing a multitude of extractions, braces, and orthodontic work for what seemed like a lifetime. I was perpetually clumsy, falling often, injuring myself…even tripping in kindergarten and snapping my collarbone in half. I complained of stomach pains and fa