Ciera Swaringen, North Carolina teenager embraces Congenital Melanocytic Nevus and proud to be unique
Everyone has a mole somewhere in the body. They occur in any part of the body, usually on parts exposed to the sun. Having a mole or a birthmark is not a big concern for most people. Some people even consider moles a beauty symbol, but for Ciera Swaringen, her birthmarks (congenital melanocytic nevus) are her most defining features.
Ciera is diagnosed with congenital melanocytic nevus (CBN) and was subjected to laughs and taunts from strangers and kids of her age. This brave girl is not ashamed of her unique birthmarks and also feels proud of her uniqueness.
Read on to know the story of this brave girl.
1 Who is Ciera Swaringen?
Ciera Swaringen is a 19-year-old teen and a resident of Rockwell, North Carolina. She was born with giant congenital melanocytic nevus, a dermatological condition in which 2/3rd of her body is covered by oversized mole-like marks. The birthmark covered her entire body including her hands, legs, stomach, face, and torso, giving her skin a unique appearance that she had been taunted by strangers and other children for years. However, Ciera has always taken a positive attitude towards her rare skin condition and is proud of her uniqueness.
According to a report published in Daily Mail, Ciera claimed that children of her age called her spotty dog which knocked her self-confidence a lot. Ciera credited her parents who helped her to learn how to brush off the negative comments and start loving herself. She takes her rare birthmark as angel kisses and wears whatever she wants. Her recent photograph on Facebook in bikini is very inspirational and shows that she doesn’t care what people comment about her.
2 What is Congenital Melanocytic Nevus?
Congenital melanocytic nevi, also referred as CMN, are moles or birthmarks which are present at birth and usually get oversized with the passage of time. This is a rare skin condition which affects one in every 500,000 people. Although CMN means moles at birth, around 1% of CMN cases occur after birth. This is a very complex dermatological issue and can easily cause skin cancer or even damage the brain.
3 Who helped Ciera in developing a positive attitude towards her rare skin condition?
According to an article published in Daily Mail, Ciera credited her parents and the residents of the small town of Richfield for helping her develop positive thinking about her skin condition. Ciera claimed that her father stood by her when someone called her ugly and her mother referred to her birthmarks as angel kisses.
Ciera’s birthmarks have no health risk and she happily lives with her three older sisters Randi, 26, Anna, 20, and Hannah, 24.
4 Is there any option for removing her birthmarks?
According to doctors, removing her birthmarks is not possible. This is mainly because they are covering 70% of her body and the percentage will increase throughout life. According to Ciera, she takes more care when under the sun as it can lead to other skin problems. Ciera is a girl who is not only recognized for her look, but also for her positive attitude.