BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
A computer scientist who had no friends as a child due to her swollen face says since finding her accepting husband life feels like a ‘fairytale.’
Jordan Thompson, 25, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, fell in love with Robert, 25, after meeting him at university.
She says being married to him is like a ‘fairytale’ because of how much he accepts the lymphatic malformation in her face, a mass caused by the abnormal formation of lymphatic blood vessels.
Robert accepts her for her true self and doesn’t mind her quirks that come with having the condition.
These include her speech impediment, difficulties and slow pace with eating and her tendency to drool at night.
While Jordan became more social in high school and has since made a lot of friends, nobody has been as understanding of her condition as Robert.
She said: “My husband is much more accepting of my quirks and random things that I have to do differently.
“I separate who I am with what I look like and when I met Robert, he was able to do the same.
“He doesn’t care about any of these things one bit. That has been really great.
“It is harder for me to eat and I am difficult to understand when I speak. I have to repeat myself frequently.
“Growing up was difficult for me because I could never understand why people wouldn’t give me a chance.
“I felt alienated because none of the kids ever invited me to do things outside of school.
“By the time I got to high school, I became comfortable with what I looked like and decided that my condition was not going to stop me from doing what I want to do.”
Jordan has never considered herself disabled, but rather a person who struggles with something just like everyone else.
She has always accepted herself and knew that she would eventually find the right man, but just didn’t know it would happen at such a young age.
The computer scientist said: “I am not disabled. Everyone has a battle they are fighting. Everyone has a difference they are learning to accept. Mine just happens to be visible.
“Other than that I mostly forget that I have it. It is part of my life and I have learned to adapt and live with it.
“I knew that my person was out there for me, I just didn’t know how long it would take to find him.”
Jordan has had a total of 36 surgeries, which included procedures on her jaw, the bones of her face and her tongue.
The operations reduced the size of the swelling around her jaw.
Jordan says that she probably won’t have any more surgeries and that she is content with the way she looks.
She said: “The surgeries changed my appearance and definitely for the better.
“I learned early on in life that it’s not good to obsess about something you can’t change.”
She even says that her condition has motivated her to set a good example.
With people noticing her everywhere she goes, that inspired her to stand out in a positive way.
Jordan said: “I can’t go anywhere without someone recognizing me. I’m different and recognizable.
“If I set a good example and am nice to people despite the hand I’ve been dealt in life, then that’s going to affect others and hopefully give them hope.”