At First, It Seemed Like Just a Bruise – But When Doctors Delivered the Diagnosis, Their World Turned Upside Down!

From the moment we came into this world, each of us has been unique and remarkable. Some children are born with a fiery temperament, while others exude a calm demeanor, yet every individual possesses a distinct perspective.

One of the remarkable facets of our humanity is that we share a common foundation, and we’ve progressed to a stage where we can not only accept but also appreciate our differences.

Nicole Hall is apprehensive that her beautiful daughter Winry may face challenges as she grows up due to her unique disposition. She is dedicated to raising awareness about congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN).

What Are Congenital Melanocytic Nevi (CMN)?
Congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) are birthmarks that appear either at birth or within the first few months of life.

They are relatively common and, in most cases, do not present any health risks. Nevertheless, there are associated risks. Treatment is not typically necessary for most cases of CMN; however, in specific instances, these birthmarks may be removed. This is usually done to reduce the risk of skin cancer or to enhance one’s appearance…

The world becomes a more beautiful place when we embrace our differences. We celebrate diversity in our coexistence, even if it means standing apart as a result of our unique qualities.

Winry’s birth set her apart from the other newborns. Initially mistaken for a bruise, it was later determined to be congenital melanocytic nevi.

“When they placed her in my arms for the first time, I initially mistook it for a bruise. It became evident to my husband and me shortly afterward that it wasn’t a bruise. In fact, it seemed quite similar to a mole,” shared Nicole Hall with Good Morning America.

According to insights from Dr. Harper Price at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Dr. Heather Etchevers from Marseille Medical Genetics, Winry’s condition leads to the development of black and brown patches on different areas of her body.

As mentioned earlier, given the size and location of the mole on her face, Winry faces a potential risk of developing melanoma, a form of skin cancer. While the risk is relatively low, Nicole consistently ensures that Winry wears a hat when they’re outdoors in the sun and diligently applies sunscreen to her, taking all necessary precautions.

“Her well-being and happiness are our foremost concerns. We remain vigilant with sunscreen and the use of hats. I anticipate that our regular dermatology appointments will be a valuable part of Winry’s upbringing,” Nicole emphasizes.

Winry’s parents understand that there may be unkind individuals who point, stare, or use hurtful words towards her in school. This is precisely why they are committed to raising awareness about her condition.

“For many people, this is their first encounter with a birthmark like Winry’s, and that’s one of the reasons why I find it important to share her story,” Nicole explains. “It serves as a meaningful conversation starter for parents with their children, teaching them about the beauty of diversity. It’s also a source of representation for parents whose children resemble Winry or have any form of birthmark.”

Winry is a content and healthy child, and her parents aspire for her to embrace her appearance during her formative years so that she can confidently navigate life in the future.

“She exudes pure joy. She’s almost always giggling or squealing with delight. She’s the happiest baby I’ve ever seen,” her mother enthuses. “She’s also quite expressive, even though she doesn’t have many words yet. She tells it like it is, and we’re already seeing hints of her sassy personality, so I think we’re in for an exciting journey.”

Through social media, especially TikTok, Nicole is spreading awareness about her daughters condition, and parents who have kids with CMN are already joining the cause.

They know they are not alone.

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