A West Norfolk man has published a book telling of his life with a rare condition which left him with a facial disfigurement.
David Bird, of Heacham, has learned to live with vascular anomaly which affected the right side of his face and head.
“I have had to learn to cope with the rudeness of some people,” he said.
With the help of his family, friends and a charity called Changing Faces, Mr Bird said he found the strength to stand in front of people and talk about his life.
He was teased as a younger man and found life tough when his family moved to King’s Lynn from a village environment where everyone knew and accepted him.
“It has been tough sometimes, but I have also been very lucky,” said Mr Bird.
“I have always worked and paid a full stamp for 44 years. I work part-time at the moment. My present employer has been really good and even created a role for me after I couldn’t carry on as before,” he said.
“The condition I have can be disabling apart from a disfigurement,” he added.
Mr Bird met his wife Joanne, who is deaf, and the couple went on to have a daughter.
“I didn’t think I would ever write a book, but I have and here we are,” he said.
Mr Bird became involved with the Changing Faces charity in the late 1990s and became a voluntary ambassador.
“Voluntary media work gave me lots of confidence, but I have eased-back on things now,” he said.
Mr Bird currently works as an activity co-ordinator at a care home for elderly.
Mr Bird’s book is available from online retailer Amazon in both electronic and paperback versions.
“This story has some sadness because of the trials and tribulations of my teenage years and early adult days, but eventually ending in a wonderful life,” he said.