Jono Lancaster was abandoned by his parents as soon as he was born. However, he has not only learned to accept himself but has also begun using his unique experience to inspire and help others.
Lancaster was born with Treacher-Collins Syndrome, which is a rare condition that affects the face.
Due to the condition, Lancaster's jaw did not develop fully. He also has no cheekbones, and he claims to have "Bart Simpson ears."
Understandably, it has taken a long time for him to come to terms with his appearance. The battle started as soon as she was born since his parents abandoned him over his looks before they even left the hospital.
Lancaster found out what had transpired during this birth when he was 24 years old.
At the moment, he is 38, and he came to learn of his unfortunate past through a hospital document which explained that "Both parents were horrified by the child's appearance. Both parents felt no maternal bond."
The document went on to explain that the two parents left the hospital without him 36 hours later.
Before he could even find out the real truth about his past, Lancaster had his suspicions. He felt that his looks might have been part of the reason he was abandoned.
As he went through college, Lancaster had no idea what had truly happened to him, but he still felt that his parents left him due to his looks. When learned the truth, the realization "destroyed" him.
This only added to the pain years of bullying had brought him while he went through school.
In high school, things got worse than ever before because he had to put up with name-calling, jeering, and pointing.
As the years went by, he experienced his "darkest period" after he went through a relationship breakup.
It was only after he hit 20 that he underwent a four-year "growth and healing" process which turned him into a confident and outgoing person.
Lancaster's adoptive mom has always been supportive of him. He was adopted when he was five.
He says that she has always been there for him and that he could always talk to her. Lancaster has also had friendships that made him feel secure in his life.
This confidence convinced him to reach out to his biological parents, but they rejected his attempts to get in touch. The experience was a "mixture of emotions" for him, but at that point in his life, he had accepted what had happened to him.
Today, the only thing he knows about his birth parents is that they gave him life.
"They brought me into this world and it's down to me to live this life and make the most of this life. And it's a beautiful life, now anyway, so for that, I'm forever blessed."
Lancaster also recalls the last time he realized that he was okay with how he looked.
He was at the gym in front of a mirror. However, rather than wanting to push his eyes up, he smiled.
This was the first time he realized he loved how he looks.
These days, Lancaster likes to share his story to inspire other people. He has also devoted his life to helping people accept and love themselves.
Lancaster has also started a charity called Love Me Love My Face Foundation. The organization helps raise awareness and offers support to people and families struggling with Treacher-Collins Syndrome and other craniofacial conditions.