Dear Aunty Lisa
I am a 15-year-old with a big problem. Ever since I entered high school (girls school), I have been teased about the size of my nose. Even my teachers make fun of me about my nose.
I am so embarrassed to tell you about this because I think people will say it is stupid. People always tease me and call me ‘big nose’. I used to pretend it didn’t hurt, but I would leave and hide somewhere to cry. It would not hurt so bad if it was just at school, but even some of my family members do this.
When I go to visit my father in Pretoria, my stepmother and her sister would always laugh at me in my presence. She would be nice to me, but if something happens, like if I put on facial mask, she and her sister (who doesn’t live with them) would laugh and say “It shows up her big nose even more.” This has happened on more than one occasion.
I hate my face. Many people have criticised my nose and as a result I have very low self esteem. I always hold my head down when I am walking on the road and when I am talking to people. I would love to get a nose job, but I do not want to offend God, since He made me this way. I don’t know what to do.
Another problem is that my dad has filed for me and I am going to live with them very soon. I am afraid because the entire family makes me feel bad about myself and I know they talk bad about me behind my back. I don’t want to live there. I feel so bad.