The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Amanda Wilson, United States (US), North Carolina

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda, I am 27 year old and I have a facial Port Wine Stain on my left cheek. I underwent laser surgeries at the age of 3, and continued to do so until I was about 13. I decided for myself that I didn’t want to go through the hassle and pain of laser treatment, and wear my birthmark proud now! It was a process of acceptance for me, and have fully embraced it now. I also am the daughter of two deaf parents, and am fortunate to have had them model what it’s like to be unique and different. Additionally, I am a certified ASL interpreter, Have a certification in ADA basics, and have a passion for disability advocacy!