The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Rowanne Simpson, United Kingdom (UK)

Hi! My name is Rowanne, I’m 22 and I was born with a port wine stain birthmark on my chest, shoulder and right arm.

From an early age, I realised that I looked different due to how other children and their parents interacted with me. For example, people thinking I had a contagious disease which would then affect my self esteem.

This lead to me getting laser treatment, over several years, which did not work in my experience.

However, due to my laser treatment not working, I had to learn to love my birthmark. As I have grown older, people have become more understanding of visible differences.

I finally feel confident about my birthmark, I actually forget it’s there until someone asks about it or I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror!

I don’t mind when people ask about my birthmark, there is nothing wrong with curiosity but always be polite and please don’t stare!

It has been a journey, but now I hope to share some positivity, and help others see the beauty in their birthmarks too!