The majority of individuals use social media as their primary form of communication these days.
It’s customary to send images of your children to friends and family so they can enjoy them.
Similar to other young mothers, she posts on social media, but the comments on her images and the way her child is handled are radically different. But she has some remarks to make…
Young mother Natasha is adjusting to parenting. She enjoys posting images of her one-year-old son Raedyn online, like many other new mothers do. But unlike most mothers, she experiences severe internet bullying because of the way her son looks.
She uploads videos of herself and Raedyn to the well-known social media site TikTok. And she frequently receives requests to cease publishing images or videos of her son in the comments section of each post, if not hundreds of them.
But Natasha has a message for her haters, “I will not stop… just because he looks different doesn’t mean that he is any less – he is perfect,” she says.
She cannot count the amount of messages or comments she gets which read “What’s wrong with your child? Why does your child look like that?”
Raedyn, a young child, was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, which results in deformities of the limbs, face, and skull. Natasha, however, believes that her son is flawless, so whenever she gets the chance, she puts videos of him online.
But since people are mean, she narrates some of the frequent remarks she encounters, which typically include statements such, “What quality of life will he have?” and “Why would you make him live like that? You are allowing him to live such a wretched existence.
As if internet trolls weren’t cruel enough, Natasha also receives remarks from individuals in real life. When she is out in public, she claims that strangers approach her and ask her impolite questions such, “People just come up to me and impolitely ask: ‘what’s wrong with your child? Or why does your child look that way?’ That is not the appropriate way to address a human being.
Because of the incessant questions she will inevitably receive, she even finds it difficult to be in public. “It’s exhausting to explain my son’s health problems over and over” she shared.
Because of her son’s appearance, she finds it difficult to understand the level of interest in him. She claims,“He lives a life like every other child… does he look different? Absolutely – but that doesn’t make him any less.”
Adding, “He deserves life, he deserves acceptance – I will fight until my dying day for that.”
Especially when she is going about her day and is suddenly approached by someone who is “curious” and has questions, she does not like the care people have for her.
“What people need to understand is that I am just a mum and my son is just a baby… our life doesn’t revolve around his diagnosis,” she said.
The exhausted young mother added, “My son looks a little bit different but that doesn’t mean he is just a lesson to give the world. It’s exhausting mentally and emotionally to go over the same diagnosis and explain my son’s health problems over and over to people.
“We are just a normal family. I pray for the world to accept disabled people one day and not judge off of their appearance and the things they cannot do.”
It truly is heartbreaking to observe that folks are still quick to criticise those who are in any manner dissimilar to them in this day and age. We can only hope that people will start being more inclusive and kind.
We’re sending Natasha and young Raedyn our love. Send them your best wishes along with us.