My Long StoryWhen I was born I was diagnosed with Poland Syndrome. I was born with a concave chest and all of the muscles between my ribs missing on my left side. A few weeks after I was born my mum took me to the family doctor for a check-up he promptly told my mum “Don’t treat her like a normal kid she is deformed” even though I don’t remember that particular incidence its comments like that that make me angry. Throughout my life (particularly high school) I have had to deal with put downs about my shape and have on many occasions have come home crying.
Since I was young it has been very obvious that my breast formation is not normal. I have tried my best to stuff my bra and hide it throughout high school but I have a lot more issues than that. I often get sharp stabbing chest pains and I very easily get out of breath when it’s hot or I’m playing sport.
I avoid swimming like the plague. I refuse to swim in public places like pools, beaches, etc. because I don’t like wearing bathers that show off my chest. I don’t wear V-neck shirts or dresses and try my hardest to stop people from finding out.
I have recently been doing some research about Poland Syndrome and have found a few interesting things:
1. Poland syndrome affects males three times as often as females.
2. It affects the right side of the body twice as often as the left.
3. The incidence is estimated to range from one in 7,000 to one in 100,000 live births.