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Suffering from social stigma (Polydactyly as an Adult)

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 5, 2015
  • 07:44 AM

My Name is Allen, male and 26 years old. I have a condition called Polydactyly the name I can't even pronounce and just recently find out because I have been denying it for all my life. I have extra thumb on my right hand which is also my dominant hand, it makes it really hard to do things not just because it limited me from things I wanna do, due my to right hands incapability. I have been suffering from depression for as long as I could remember. The psychological damaged it gave me has been the biggest problem for me. Being rejected by society took and still taking toll on me. My parents couldn't afford a surgery when I was born and now I'm stuck with it, at least until I can do something about it. I'm just afraid I would be too old to even enjoy life at that point.

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  • Do you still have it? I'm a female, 31 years old and I still have mine as well. It looks exactly like yours, only on my left hand. My parents couldn't afford the surgery as well and they were also scared. It didn't bother me as much before because I can usually find ways to hide it. However, entering the workplace, that has been harder to do. I have always worked a desk job so when people hover over me (training situations) they obviously see it. I just wanted some insight on someone else's journey (if you ever read this). Most blogs and sites don't talk about adults, only children. And in those cases, they haven't been affected by it yet and still have a chance to get it removed with little to no complications. It's totally different now that we are older. Hope someone reads this someday who can relate!
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