12 March 2019
I was around 5 years old when I was diagnosed. My little brother had just been born and the midwife was doing some routine checks at our family home. The midwife however, always seemed more interested in me as I seemed to just walk into toys instead of navigating a path around them. It was from that point I was referred to a specialist and received a diagnosis shortly afterwards.
From then onwards I would go for routine check-ups at the hospital however I never really thought anything of it as I was so young. I always knew I was a little different from the other kids at school, it always took me longer to understand what was going on and I didn’t quite fit it.
When I was 18, I was discharged from the hospital and that’s when I really began to notice my body changing. I noticed several lumps and bumps (as I like to call them) developing all over my body. I began to feel self-conscious of wearing shorter items of clothing as a result of my fibromas being pointed out in several social occasions.
I began to feel self-conscious of wearing shorter items of clothing as a result of my fibromas being pointed out in several social occasions.
However, I have learnt to not let my condition define me. I have managed to solo travel across Asia, move to another country on my own and I’m set to graduate with a bachelors in psychology from Nottingham Trent University but most importantly I couldn’t be happier.
"I have learnt to embrace all my lumps and bumps and I now wear shorter items with pride! "
Bronte even studied abroad in Hungary for a year
Sure, university has been a bit tough and I have had to work a hell of a lot harder than others for the same grades but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
"I am not the girl who has NF1, I am just me. My advice would be to ignore anyone who stares or questions your lumps and bumps. I like to think of them as my super power as they make me different from everyone else. "
Just keep being you and no one can ever fault you for it!