FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Nancy Fabian knows something about being different. The Fairfield resident was born with a rare condition that left her unable to move her face, which led to ridicule from her less-than-kind classmates.
Now an accomplished scientist with a family, Fabian wants to help kids who have similar problems to know that they’re not alone. She recently published her second children’s book, “Nira’s Heart,” to do just that.
Fabian was born with Moebius syndrome, a genetic condition that paralyzes facial muscles, leaving her unable to show facial expressions. The disorder was particularly hard on her as a child, when she had to deal with other kids who were not mature enough to respect others’ differences, she says. But as an adult she came to learn that, “We are not disabled but enabled differently than others,” she says.
Fabian’s first book, “The Red Cat,” was based heavily on her experiences as a kid. It tells the story of a cat with red fur in a world where most are shades of black, white and gray. The hero’s classmates initially make fun of her, before she works to teach them to accept others’ differences.
Her latest, “Nira’s Heart, focuses on teaching kids to accept their own inner beauty. Its title character is a princess who feels like she does not fit in because she is not as beautiful as the other princesses. Over the course of the book, she comes to take pride in the kindness, generosity and humility that others appreciate in her.
“Being different is something to celebrate and accept,” Fabian’s website reads. “Only through acceptance of your true self can you love your persona and the self image you reflect to others.
Both of Fabian’s books are available for special order on her website as well as at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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