Toni Macante was born with a birth defect that resulted in a severely disfiguring left leg. Neglected by her parents, she learned tenacity and resilience that served her well when she faced life on her own while coming of age and coming out as a lesbian in the late forties and early fifties. More
Toni Macante was born with Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber-Syndrome (tumor of the blood vessels), which resulted in a severely disfiguring left leg. Being completely ignored and disregarded at the hands of her biological parents, she learned to accept and endure all of the emotional and psychological pain of having no one to turn to and no one to count on. She went out into the world with extreme tenacity and proved herself not only resilient but determined.
What had scarred Toni's childhood turned out to be the foundation of her fierce independence as an adult as she coped with and faced life on her own while coming of age and coming out as a lesbian. In the late forties and early fifties, same-sex preference was not something people openly admitted to, but young Toni had already experienced enough rejection to make her bold.
Both moving and poignant, Toni's story is a heart-warming and heart-wrenching journey from loneliness and pain to empathy and understanding.