Behind the Smile

An Inspirational Journey from Disability to Ability

by Anja Christoffersen

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/30/2018

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781504314602
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781504314619

About the Book

Anja Christoffersen learned early on that you can never judge a book by its cover. Born with a congenital disability that deformed her digestive, skeletal, reproductive, circulatory, urinary and respiratory systems; she had her first surgery at five hours old. Despite a grim diagnosis, from the outside you would be unable to tell she was any different. You would never have known that at birth, the medical fraternity warned that she would never live a normal life. Once Anja grew to an age where she could understand her medical differences, she made the decision that she did not want an ordinary life anyway - she wanted an extraordinary one. As soon as Anja realised happiness is a choice, she made the decision she would be happy despite her circumstances. From surgical theatres to chasing her dreams led her to a career as an international fashion model. Join Anja as she walks the catwalks of Australia and Europe with her hidden medical condition, overcomes challenges and discovers how to keep smiling – no matter what.

About the Author

Anja Christoffersen was born with VACTERL Association and at a birth her parents were told she may not make it through the first day of life. She has had dozens of surgeries and more than 150 hospital admissions in her first 20 years. Despite her health struggles, she has walked the catwalks of Australia and Europe as a fashion model. Anja has a strong desire to advocate for those with chronic illness and help others to find happiness regardless of their circumstances.