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My second child was born with a minor deformity in his nose. He looks like he has a cleft nostril.

When I first saw that, my heart sank like a rock. I began to imagine that if he grew up like that, the ridicule and rejection he would have to endure. I also worried that it might be a symptom of a major sickness. What about his nose, mouth, and brain? Are they normal?

Suddenly, I could empathize with parents who had a cleft lip baby. I knew how they felt, except that their emotions are probably 100 times more intense than mine.

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Michael Zhuang is principal of MZ Capital, a fee-only independent advisory firm based in Washington, DC.

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