First of all welcome to the group.
I can not agree with you more about what you said above. I am a 24 year old with a facial birthmark. I have always turned to education for the younger children. It makes me feel fulfiilled. As far as the stares. As you have learned over the years you do get use to it and if you except your birthmark others will too. I work in sales in a retail store so I get every day.
If you would like to learn more about me you can visit my website at hankspws.com I also have been doing laser treatments for the past 19 years and also have had plastic surgeries to remove the hypertrophia (puffed areas) of my birthmark.
You have a very good head on your shoulders, Do not let anybody tell you that you can not achieve what you what because of your birthmark. If people do, prove them wrong.
Hope to talk to you soon.