Monday, September 16, 2019

30 Stories 30 Faces 30 Years: Priscilla Perla





CCA is a wonderful family! As a child growing up differently knowing there are others like me is comforting. The meetings and picnics we attend also make my mom feel better, too. She is not the only parent who has to go through this. Plus everyone is so nice to all of us it makes us feel welcome. We appreciated the recommended doctors and medical staff, without them we wouldn't get the correct guidance we needed. Thank you all!

                                                                                      Priscilla Perla, CCA Teen



Priscilla Perla lives with her family in sunny La Jolla, California. She will attend La Jolla High School in the Fall as a Freshman. Priscilla enjoys all types of movement and dancing. She expresses her emotions and strong, self-image through jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, and modern dance. Thanks to San Diego-area Make-A-Wish Foundation, Priscilla was able to meet her idol, Selena Gomez. As a family, the Perlas enjoy going to the movies, trying new foods at local restaurants, and indulging in the occasional ice cream cone. Relaxing and spending quality time together is very important to this family. Priscilla is grateful for this family time. She reflects, “I want to be grateful for what I have, like my family.”

Even with a grateful heart and strong family bond, Priscilla was not immune to the poor self-esteem that comes after being bullied. Today, she is more confident than ever and able to accept that she looks different. Priscilla believes she and other human beings deserve respect. Her advice for our kids, “Be yourself, no matter what you look like, you’re just like any other kid.” Through the vehicle of social media, Priscilla shares positive images and messages with the hashtags “#StopBullying, #CleftPalate, #Tracheostomy, and other self-affirming words. She hopes to continue to encourage kids with facial differences to stand up for themselves as they make their way into their bright and bold future.

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