Most of us can agree that hitting puberty is just about the worst time of our lives. Everything feels awkward, we suffer mood swings and severe lows and euphoric highs. And because everyone at school is feeling the same roller coaster of emotions, they use this energy and take it out on other people. Bullying is a prolific problem in American that only seems to be getting worse due to the rise and access of cyberbullying. And although some young people do tell adults about the bullying, only about 20-30 percent of all instances are ever reported.
The young girl in this story was a victim of bullying. Because she suffered from a dental deformity, she was the clear target. And the peers at her school used her as a punching bag emotionally to make themselves feel better. And every time they said a terrible thing to 14-year-old Ellie Jones, it brought her lower. And eventually, she had to do something about the way she looked because she could not take the abuse anymore…
The truth about her underdeveloped jaw came to light when she was just 14-years old. Because the dental problem was visible, her bullies took out their hatred on her. But not only did Ellie need to deal with the bullying, her deformed jaw misaligned her teeth and caused her physical pain. Those years of her life were the worst thing she could imagine…
When the young woman from Ryhl, Wales went to an orthodontist, the professional was shocked to see that her jaw hadn’t grown since she was 8-years old.
For the next six years, Ellie had to undergo surgeries to fix her jaw and make her look normal. Because if she didn’t the bullying would never end and she might have to resort to drastic tactics.
Once Ellie’s orthodontist, Joy Hickman, discovered the reason her jaw looked different, she recruited a consultant maxillofacial surgeon, Emma Woolley, to help this girl’s life.
Her first surgery was scheduled when she was 16. Although the surgery was a success, the pain was intolerable and she had to be on a liquid diet for a month. Plus, she couldn’t speak and needed to use a notepad for communication – but the struggle was all worth it in the end.
For years, Ellie would come to Hickman and Woolley to fix her jaw. And eventually, after a lot of hard work and dedication to the long-term process, Ellie’s jaw healed and her smile looked beautiful.
But now her surgeries are completed. And because she is fully recovered, the young girl has a normal face – and this means the world to the young Ellie Jones.
She lives with her parents and her sister and has grown into a confident young woman who is proud of the way she looks.
While most of her life seems about the same, her parents and teachers have noticed a big improvement in her confidence levels. At her dance class, she used to shy away and remain at the back. But now she is confident and eager to show off what she has learned.
Because bullies are no longer dragging Ellie Jones in the dirt, she has started rising toward the stars.
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