Check out a piece I wrote about my adventures in dentistry on The Mighty! I am so very excited to contribute to this wonderful website that shares first-hand accounts of what it is to live with rare diseases, chronic illness, mental illness, and crazy things that happen to us as human beings! Thank you to… Continue reading I Am One of The Mighty
The mother’s always come forward first. They are filled with apologies and explanations. “She’s shy.” “He isn’t feeling great today.” “She doesn’t love physical activities.” “This is new.” “He’ll come around once he sees everyone having a good time. This is how it always begins, but by the end of a social event for… Continue reading Transforming Fear Into Fun
This is another poem I wrote in high school. I titled it “Front Clasp” because it is the only positive thing that I recall about the three days I spent in the hospital post-operation after a pharyngeal flap surgery completed when I was six years old. The memories of that surgery are disjointed. The poem… Continue reading Poem: Front Clasp
I was in the waiting room at the dentist office in a ton of pain, so I thought how can I improve the moment and practice some distress tolerance. I looked over at People Magazine on my right. The front cover depicted a photograph of Natalie Wood. Then I thought, “let’s make a list of… Continue reading My Must Watch Movie List
September is Craniofacial awareness month. A month, and cause, near and dear to my heart. I was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. I have written a lot about my cleft lip and palate experiences on this blog. The teasing and questions, the procedures, surgeries, scary moments, and, believe it or not, there is… Continue reading Resilience Through Humor
Craniofacial Awareness Month is almost over. I told myself that I would write more posts this month that relate to the experiences I had growing up with cleft lip and palate, so I could build on the amount of content I had before approaching a publisher about the book about my life. I guess you… Continue reading Remember That Time I Almost Died!
Service work is so important to me. I was born with cleft lip and palate that required many surgeries, countless procedures, loads of appointments, and don’t forget the orthodontic interventions as well. I had braces twice, one set for 12 years. I do not know how many surgeries I have had. I am never sure… Continue reading Service and Perspective, the Orlando, FL Edition