The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Mikaela Battaglia, United States (US), Pennsylvania

Hey y’all! My name is Mikaela. I have dealt with my birthmark ups & downs my entire life. I had laser treatments from the time I was a baby to the age of 14. I really struggled with loving myself & finding my own sense of confidence for a long long time. I would spend 2-3 hours DAILY covering my birthmark with makeup, and avoid any activities that didn’t allow me to wear makeup. I hid my PWS for a long time, before finally taking a make-up free selfie for social media.

I made the decision that I did not want to be held back in life all because of what people may (or may not) think of me. I am me, I am beautiful and I have a story and a purpose to share with the world. I am happily married, love baking, and also spend a lot of time making art that spreads awareness about VBF.