I thought I was the only person in the world with a cleft palate.
Having a cleft lip and palate is a lifelong medical, psychological, and social journey. Growing up I had more than 20 surgeries and people couldn’t understand me when I talked so I had speech therapy until I was 15. I missed a lot of school because of my operations, dentist, and doctor visits, and as I got older I thought the medical issues would stop. There was ALWAYS another obstacle to face.
In my 20’s I had surgery to revise the scars and shape my nose, and in my 30’s I had my second bone graft and dental implants. I was passed over for jobs because of my cleft lip and I was told I would never amount to anything by school teachers. There were so many social, physical, and psychological challenges I had to overcome because of my experience with a cleft, and at times I felt completely hopeless.
Today, I have a PhD, worked for 20 years as a college professor, own multiple businesses, and I’m a confidence and transformation coach for cleft-affected individuals. You’re probably wondering, “How did you get to the point you are at today?” Keep reading, because I am so excited to share my journey with you and to help you to have the same results.