"It's Chyckxn!" The Unculinary Way I Made Life Palatable: A Memoir

by Christina Stramacchia

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Overview

When you are born with a congenital facial difference, you spend a lot of your life kicking over boxes and burning a few, too, all in the hope of proving yourself worthy of societal acceptance. The internal struggle of wanting to be “just like everyone” else is further complicated by not understanding why society makes that desire so unnecessarily complicated.

At birth, genetic tests revealed that Christina did not have the common gene responsible for Treacher Collins Syndrome, and science labeled her a fresh mutation. Thirty five years later, science discovered two additional genes also associate with Treacher Collins Syndrome; Christina learns she does not have one of those genes either.

"Its Chyckxn!" provides a raw, candidly detailed journey of a young woman’s heart wrenching struggle with the 50% chance of potentially passing on a congenital facial difference to her children. The question that halts her decision every time is not what society’s judgments will be—she has contended with that for a long time. It is the question: “Will my children resent me when they realize I made a conscious decision to pass on my unknown gene for Treacher Collins Syndrome?” In her quest for the answer, she revisits her childhood photo’s and diaries only to emerge from the substantial journey with a greater acceptance of her own uniqueness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775078906
Publisher: stramacchiabooks
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Christina is just a regular woman that does ordinary things. For the most part, when she's not trying to tame her mind's running sarcastic commentary about her everyday encounters, Christina is working diligently as a social worker trying to use her experiences to guide those that are involved in the justice system to recognize the power of their own resilience. On the rare, occasion that she has leisure time; she enjoys hanging out in pajamas until at least noon, lounging on beaches, reading, and writing. She and Nick continue to reside in Ontario, Canada. Visit her website at www.itschyckxn.com

Table of Contents

Prologue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

1 That Was Not Part of My Plan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............ 9

2 Searching for a Needle in a Haystack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 27

3 “And the Oscar goes to . . .”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

4 May 11, 1974. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 51

5 Double-Edged Sword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

6 “I’m not in Kansas anymore.”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

7 Fish Out of Water. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113

8 Normal People Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

9 Back on Track. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

10 Making My Way in the World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

11 Pulling Up My Big Girl Panties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

12 Picking My Poison. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155

13 Metamorphosis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

14 Uncharted Territory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

15 Greener Pastures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

16 Leaving Claw Marks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

17 He Is Just a Boy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

18 Hope Floats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215

19 It Is What It Is. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

20 Inside Out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239

21 I Arrived. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .243

Epilogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245

Acknowledgements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

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