facial difference · hearing · Medical/Dental · Mental Health · Sports

Red Sox Baseball Saved Me In 2017

My mind tells me everything has to be perfect all the time. I’m trying to stop listening. One area where I have had little success has been with my writing. I write for someone for pay, so that stuff actually, truly has to be perfect. Everything else, not so much…I write for me, for my… Continue reading Red Sox Baseball Saved Me In 2017

Cleft Lip and Palate · gratitude · Medical/Dental

Help Me Thank A Great Doctor

Since December 2016, I have been battling right ear and jaw degeneration. My hearing has decreased slowly but surely over the last 8 months. The unwelcome addition of tinnitus began in May 2017. I saw over seven Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors, and a multitude of other specialists since the onset of this latest debacle,… Continue reading Help Me Thank A Great Doctor

Cleft Lip and Palate · Medical/Dental · Uncategorized

Transforming Fear Into Fun

  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

Cleft Lip and Palate · Creativity · Family · Medical/Dental · Mental Health · Self

Resilience Through Humor

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