Scars From Abuse

by Kevin W
(Pennsylvania, United States)

I was born in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of four I was adopted by my Caucasian parents. Someone cared enough to take me out of the situation I was in though I have little memory of it. Aside from an L-shaped scar on my nose and a chemical burn on my left arm the only other physical evidence is the result of being repeatedly hit in the head and the resulting brain tumor 30 years later as a result.

The results of the abuse may or may not have had an effect on my hearing. In a way, I never grew up after being hit in the head. The immediate result was that my Eustachian tubes never developed and I never grew out of the hearing problems usually associated with children. I was fine with having to wear hearing aids and was happy to live in a world where that technology was available.

I never prayed for an easy life. I asked for the strength to overcome a hard life. The tumor completely shut down my pituitary gland. There are 6 pills I have to take to wake in the morning to face the challenges of everyday life.

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