A man who was born with a rare congenital otofacial syndrome and bullied for lacking a jaw has finally found love.
41-year-old Joseph Williams from Chicago was born without a jaw making it impossible for him to eat or speak.
He communicates using sign language, gestures, his phone, and writing notes and eats through a special tube inserted into his stomach.
“Growing up was hard and being born like this has caused me many problems, but I have tried not to let it affect me,” he said.
According to New York Post, Williams said he believed he would be single for the rest of his life but not until he met his wife, 39-year-old Vania in 2019.
“Dating was also hard for me because I had such low self-esteem and felt worthless, but when I started believing in myself and realized I deserved more, I ended up finding my wife,” he said.
Williams met Vania in 2019, became friends and later started dating shortly before getting married.
“We were friends at first, but we eventually started dating and fell in love. We got married in 2020. I’m sure people would never have expected me to get married. To be honest, I didn’t think I would either,” he added.
He also disclosed that people used to run away from him and treat him differently to an extent that he even contemplated suicide.
“I understand that I am different and that some people will think I am ugly and not accept me, but I am still a person who has a heart, feelings and a brain. I should be treated with respect, just as anyone else should be,” Williams said.
Joseph is happily married and loves travelling and socialising.
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