Cherubism is a very rare medical condition.
It's caused by an overgrowth of fibrous tissue in the face
which basically means that instead of having
lots of bone in my face or in my jaw,
I have this kind of tissue instead.
I was about four years old when I was first diagnosed with cherubism.
The older I got, the more noticeably visibly different I looked,
and I started to have a much bigger chin.
When I was about 12 or 13 the cherubism then started to affect my eyes,
and that combined with puberty
meant that I had quite difficult teenage years.
It did teach me how to be strong
and it did teach me that I'm lucky in some ways
in that the friends that I have are really good people
because they will look past my disfigurement and like me for who I am.
I'm very lucky in that cherubism is a relatively painless condition,
but I do get eye strain, I do get headaches quite regularly
and I do get a relative amount of pain in my jaw as well.
But apart from that it's mainly that I look very, very different,
that's really the main issue that I face on a day-to-day basis.
Obviously looking really different means that I get stared at quite a lot.
I've learned that the best thing for me to do
if I notice somebody staring at me
is to look at them and smile back at them.
Just because somebody's looking at me,
it doesn't necessarily mean they're looking at me in a bad way.
We're all curious and we all look at people who look different.
But I'm a very nice person and I just want to show them that.
Some people might think that if you have a facial disfigurement
that means that all you do is stay at home
feeling sorry for yourself and being miserable and not going out,
and that's not true.
I'm a very confident person
and I have a really good, happy, successful life.
I've had to work at it but I'm happy with where I am.
I work and I also study part time for a law degree at university,
which is great.
And I'm also very happily married.
I met my husband Colin when we were both students at college.
He asked me out on a date
and eventually I said, "Yes, OK" and it went from there.
We've been together for seven years now and married for just over two.
I advise anybody who's got a visible difference
or a facial disfigurement
who thinks that they need some support and advice
to contact Changing Faces.
I would love to see a world where people were accepted for what they look like,
even if they look different,
and one of the things that Changing Faces is campaigning for
is face equality,
which is all about being accepted
even if you have a facial disfigurement.