Being different is tough in this world, especially if that difference is immediately noticeable.
Amy Poole knew even before her baby boy was born that he was going to have a different nose than most kids. The ultrasound showed that Ollie had tissue growing on his face at around 20 weeks, so Poole prepared herself.
Even though she knew about his condition, she was still shocked when she first saw him. She said, "When they gave me Ollie to hold, I was so surprised that I almost couldn’t speak. He was so tiny, but there was this enormous golf ball-sized lump on his nose. At first I wasn’t sure how I would cope. But I knew that I would love him no matter what he looked like.”
Encephalocele, Ollie's condition, causes the brain to grow through a hole in his skull and into the nose. Poole lovingly calls him Pinocchio.
Some people don't see him for the special boy he is. Strangers often point and stare or laugh at Ollie when they see him.
One woman even cruelly suggested that his mom never should have given birth to him, a comment that broke her heart.
Ollie has had a few surgeries to prevent infections, but he will probably never look just like all the other kids.
Poole worries he will be bullied in school but hopes that others will see just how amazing he is and look past his physical appearance.
Luckily, Ollie's got a supportive big sister to cheer him on every step of the way. Poole says Ollie and Annabelle are best friends and they always get into mischief together.
With such a loving family on his side, Ollie will always feel special.
(via Little Things)