The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Mikayla Patava, Austria

I was born with a large internal hemangioma under my right eye. I spent most of my early years seeing specialists and having corrective surgery to stop me going cross-eyed. I never really felt like I could communicate with anyone my age or older about my hemangioma because no one really understood. I want to be that person for others now that I am in my 20s. Although my hemangioma is almost unnoticeable now, it still impacts my everyday life. I get extreme pain in my eye almost everyday, so I would love to help others that go through the same experiences I do.