When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life.
Now, decades later, Hoge has written a book titled "Ugly: My Memoir" about his life and the impact of appearances.
"My story is about growing up different and disabled, and kind of having an acceptance of how much a role my appearance had in my life," Hoge said on WGN Morning News Wednesday.
He also thinks we should to talk to children differently about appearances: "I think we should stop trying to say to kids that differences in appearance don't matter by pretending they don't exist."
Instead, Hoge says, we should tell children it's OK to look and appear different, but our appearance doesn't have to define us.
You can see Hoge at 7 p.m. Wednesday at North Central College in Naperville.