Kindergartener Christian Buchanan was born with Tessier cleft lip and palate and a rare birth defect that has left him without eyes.
But his mother Lacey said she still shares his story because she says it’s a way to show her faith.
"I have shared Christian on social media his whole life to open up doors, acceptance for him, and to educate people about what it looks like to live with a disability," Lacey said. "He is a person, first. He has a disability, but it doesn't define him."
She says that some of the public backlash has been harsh: Some people have said she should have spared Christian a “miserable” life.
"I have found the best way to handle the public backlash is with grace," Lacey said. "A lot of times people don't genuinely mean to be rude or hateful. Handling that with grace opens doors to acceptance and education."
She just released a book, “Through the Eyes of Hope,” about her son. She said she hopes it helps people understand God’s love through tough times.
"This is a tool to share our faith, about the things that God has done for us, and how faithful he has been to be with us through the hard times and the good times," she said. "He always works things together for our good.
"If you had of asked some of the doctors what prognosis Christian would have been, it would have been a poor one. But he has such a wonderful quality of life. He's in kindergarten. He takes karate. He's a black belt. He loves life, he loves his family. He's an amazing kid," she said.
Publication date: January 5, 2017