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Mom Pens Blog Post To Defend Her Daughter's Birthmark

What's wrong with her face?

This is a question Katie Crenshaw has been asked countless times after friends and family meet her 7-month-old daughter Charlie. Charlie was born with a capillary hemangioma, a large strawberry birthmark, on her face.

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Katie decided to make a bold statement about defending her daughter's illness by posting a blog post that soon went viral.

"The reason why I wanted to call attention to it is because I did recognize that everyone had good intentions, but I wanted people to recognize that intent might not get you very far sometimes," Kate told ABC News.

The Atlanta area mother of two went on to explain, "Even though they mean well, they needed to think about the words they're saying when they say, 'I hope it goes away,' or 'I pray it's different.' I wouldn't walk up to someone and say, 'I'm praying that your child's ears gets smaller.'"

Since writing her blog post Katie said she has received "dozens" of supportive emails from families going through similar situations as well as negative comments, asking why she and her husband Tyler chose not to remove the birthmark.

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"It's not just a mole you can scrape off," Crenshaw, 29, said. "Charlie's hemangioma is kind of intertwined and weaved around some muscles and behind her eye. Hers isn't the kind you can remove. It is not a threat to her health in any way and so unnecessary surgery wouldn't have been an option for us. And the nature of this kind of birthmark is that it'll eventually ... shrink on its own so I didn't think to rush that process."

Although this is a rough patch that careful mothering can impact, Katie doesn't believe that her daughter will be affected permanently by the questions about her appearance.

"[If you're] visually different that ... is not a guarantee that you're going to live this tortured life. I don't believe that. I don't believe that ... she's going to be bullied or picked on," she added.

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