Standing Beautiful with Chloe Howard
Hi, I’m Chloe Howard, and I have chosen to stand beautiful.
Standing hasn’t been easy for me. I was born with a severely deformed foot, called a clubfoot, and only three toenails total. Growing up, I had a lot of painful surgeries to fix my foot. That meant I often wore a cast or had to get around in a wheelchair. I always knew I was different, but I knew God had a plan for me. My parents always told me that God had made me special and loved me exactly as I was. I had no problem believing them. God’s plan is always good, right?
Then, when I was 14 years old, I was attacked at my Christian high school. I was held tight, and without my permission, a girl I barely knew took off my shoe and sock to show my deformed foot to everyone watching. No one even tried to help me, and most people just leaned in for a closer look. I was humiliated. I remember looking at my foot and seeing this ugly, unwanted thing. For the first time in my life, I was ashamed of what I first believed made me special.
In the weeks that followed, I became depressed and lonely. I was angry with God, and couldn’t understand why He had done this to me. I had already gone through so much, why would He let those girls make me feel ugly and ashamed? Even though my family tried to help me, I was quickly losing faith. But even then, God had a plan.
Read the rest of Chloe’s inspiring story in your November issue of SHINE brightly!