Kate’s in­spi­ra­tional story

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

A 13-year-old Auck­land girl has writ­ten an emo­tional book about look­ing dif­fer­ent to her peers and liv­ing life with sev­eral lifethreat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions.

Kate Chan­du­lal wants her book A Walk in my Shoes to foster em­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing for peo­ple who were not like ev­ery­one else.

The How­ick teen was born with Crouzon syn­drome, a rare ge­netic con­di­tion that cause the bone of the skull and face to fuse. In 2012 she was di­ag­nosed with sco­l­io­sis, a con­di­tion that causes the spine to ab­nor­mally ro­tate and curve side­ways. Kate also suf­fers from other con­di­tions which have left her de­pen­dant on five tubes in her body that help with or­di­nary func­tions like breath­ing and eat­ing.

‘‘I wrote the book be­cause I wanted to spread aware­ness to other peo­ple es­pe­cially to chil­dren about what it’s like be­ing me, and that it’s okay to be slightly curi- ous about sco­l­io­sis afraid,’’ she said.

‘‘You can make friends with me be­cause I’m just like ev­ery­one else on the inside.’’

In her book, Kate de­scribed feel­ing over­whelmed when peo­ple stared and pointed at her.

‘‘I feel like a spot­light is shin­ing on me and I can’t es­cape its glare. But mostly I feel sad, like a grey cloud has blocked out my sun. Of all the things I go through in life, be­ing treated meanly is the worst of all.’’ but not

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