Kate’s inspirational story
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