This image has been circulating my facebook news feed for a few hours. It's the image of the Pope kissing a man. Some of the headlines have said things like, 'Pope kisses man plagued with boils' and 'Pope embraces man with skin condition' and on and on.He is being praised for embracing this severely disfigured man. What if he had gotten whatever this man has? I've seen comments about how beautiful it is that he is kissing someone who looks so repulsive. I've seen comments hoping that now this man can get the medical treatment he needs to get rid of whatever that is all over him.
This image is one of me kissing my big. I do it lots and lots of times. Every day. I also pray for her. I touch her without worrying about catching anything. It just doesn't seem like that big of a deal right. Nothing like what the Pope did by touching this man.
This man, he has Neurofibromatosis 1. It's the exact same genetic disorder that my daughter has. No, she is not covered in dermal fibromas like this man. Yet. But, should that day come, I will not hesitate to embrace her, kiss her on the head, and pray for her.