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Viral Video Shows Mom Cover Up Her Port-Wine Stain Birthmark With The Help Of Her Son

by Paul Morris
Paul is a proud Southerner who enjoys long walks in the woods, sweet tea, and watching movies. He’s also an expert pastry chef and will share his rhubarb-berry pie recipe with just about anyone who asks. He loves America and playing with animals of all kinds. When he isn't writing about the things he loves most, you can find him in the great outdoors!

Everyone (including you) is beautiful in their own special way. Even though our society has put harsh standards on what it means to actually be beautiful, when it comes down to it at the end of the day, all that really and truly matters is how much love you have in your life, and how giving you can be to others. That’s what makes someone beautiful!

Joanna Tronconi was born with a port-wine stain birthmark just about covering one whole side of her entire body. Growing up, she probably had to explain to her classmates what exactly it was, and how it wasn’t a big deal at all and that it didn’t make her any less beautiful than she already was. And for the first 40 years of her life, the birthmark remained exactly that: a birthmark and nothing more.

Unfortunately, when she was around 40 years old, the birthmark began to swell, and it turned out that she was dealing with a disease known as Klippel–Trénaunay syndrome.

Wherever her birthmark is — shoulders, back, face, and lips — there’s also swelling. Heartbreakingly, she says that many people stare at her and make comments, which is the only “ugly” aspect of her story.

However, for this mom, she often likes to treat herself and live her life to the fullest. And while we think Joanna is beautiful in her own skin, she sometimes feels like she needs to wear some makeup, and we absolutely respect her for doing exactly what she wants to feel the most like herself! With or without it, she’s beautiful either way and we’re so happy that she has such a loving son who is helping spread awareness for her condition!

Please SHARE this touching video if you think Joanna is one of the most beautiful people in the world!

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