Francis Joel Smith

Username: SmithAir747
Real Name: Francis Joel Smith
E-mail: Withheld
Gender: Male
Age: 36-45
Country: United States of America
Location: Denver (Aurora), Colorado, USA
Occupation: PhD in craniofacial embryology from UCSF (2012); current postdoctoral fellow at University of Calgary
Interests: Aviation (747s especially); classic station wagons; photography, piano, violin, other instruments, drawing, traveling, aliens/UFOs, medical history/antiques, craniofacial anomalies, Star Trek
Other info: I was born with Treacher Collins syndrome (a rare craniofacial syndrome); I was born with no ears, eyesockets, chin, or palate, and with a very narrow throat. 20+ surgeries have rebuilt my face since birth, and I use an implantable hearing aid. I have been studying craniofacial embryology at King's College London in the UK, and will begin my PhD at UCSF (in San Francisco) this fall in the same field. I am currently writing my autobiography, "The Pancake Kid". I grew up in a big family (10 of us kids, all adopted). What I want to do in life is to inspire others with my example and encourage them to have faith and persevere in adversity as I have been doing.
Joined 11 years 8 months 20 days ago (January 20, 2004)
Last post: 3 days 3 hours ago (October 6, 2015)
Signature: I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
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