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Cleft Lip & Palate Club  Welcome! This place is for sharing cleft/craniofacial journeys. We are here to educate & celebrate each other. Kick your feet up & stay a while.⭐️

“You don’t even know how your page has brought people together. It’s amazingly inspiring! I would also like to share something with other clefties. I know I shared my story before but, I want to refine it. I want to further share my experience and the road I have been on which has helped me become the person I’m right now.
To start, I have not had anymore surgeries since, approximately, three years ago. There are still things I want to change about my look but, but I’m feeling comfortable with how I look right now. I think I can say that I’m beautiful without sounding too conceited; I want you guys to know you’re all beautiful as well!
I have been able to build this confidence by reflecting on the road I have embarked on to become the person I am now. The physical is also not the the most important part. I can say I’m beautiful because I started believing it. I also believe that a person's personality can have a HUGE impact on that. People will see that you’re happy, see that you look fine and live your life how you want to live it. Open yourself to others and they will see your beauty on the inside and outside.
As my girlfriend Amber once told me, and I'm stealing her quote here... Sorry, not sorry lol, “The cleft doesn’t make you, you make the cleft”. With all that said, there will always be room for improvement to change yourself, use your potential and invest time on bettering yourself. You can be and do whatever you want. Create your own beauty and start believing in it because people will notice that! I also want to share something else with you clefties. Today is my one month anniversary with my girlfriend Amber. We were both born with a cleft. I want to share this with you guys because, for me, it is very special to have a girlfriend that has a cleft too. I honestly never thought about dating a girl with a cleft. Not that I would be against it, but I could not have imagined that I would fall in love with another cleftie. But it happened and it’s truly amazing. I don’t regret anything and I’m actually very happy to have her. I will tell you why. Continued in comment below ⬇️

Please comment below with how many surgeries you’ve had, what your surgeries were for....but more importantly the results of your latest surgeries. Are you happy with your results? Is your cleft palate all in tact as an adult?

“about a week ago I had what I hope will be my last cleft lip and palate surgery at penn state hershey (I say hope because nothing is ever guaranteed). I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and this was app my 11 surgery (out of 15 total, I had 4 other non cleft related). Growing up my cleft never seriously bothered me but has started to over the past few months. I think as I get older I am more prone to pick out what I dislike about myself, yet I have learned an inner confidence only God can give and it has kept me sane. I am reaching out to you all as I am a bit desperate for some answers. As you all know, our palates are closed when we are little and from what I know, most of them stay closed. Mine, on the other hand has had a fistula reopen after every surgery. This is quite aggravating as I get older. No one wants to have a permanent hole in the roof of their mouth through their nose. Have any of you guys experienced this? If so how have you dealt with it? My surgery this past week was extensive as my surgeon reopened the roof of my mouth to try to close the fistula once and for all, but alas, I feel it opening again. I would love anyone’s thoughts and experiences with this!!” @sophguthridge

I love the affection & community shared in @cleftclub 💛 #cleftclub #cleftcommunity #bestcommunity

He’s so cute! Had to give this awesome kid a shoutout. 👏🏼👏🏼 Is everyone back in school now? How’s it going so far? Comment below ⬇️⬇️

I absolutely love these two. @maddenandmoon

“I’m 31 weeks pregnant with my first child. At week 13 of my pregnancy, we found out that our baby was going to be born with a cleft lip and possible palate - just how I was born. I have set up @mamaboostuk to document my pregnancy and how I’m dealing with the diagnosis and changing the feelings of guilt into something positive. I also want to show that if you’re born with a cleft lip and palate, it won’t stop you from achieving what you want to achieve and confidence will come.” @mamaboostuk from the UK

Who’s seen the movie I Feel Pretty? I had low expectations for the movie but I actually thought it had a great message about confidence. Confidence is so beautiful. And it doesn’t start from the outside - this movie has a great portrayal of that. Let me know if you’ve seen it and what you think! ✨

How absolutely precious is this? 😍😭 @shawna_lynn08

Airport bathroom selfies✈️😌 I have been traveling SO much this summer? What about you? Let’s play a game in the comments. Comment below 1️⃣ Your favorite/most used emoji. 2️⃣ Where you live 3️⃣ What type of cleft you/your child have/has/had. And 4️⃣ Tag someone you love to follow on Instagram. I will randomly select a comment and the winner will be sent a Starbucks gift card for $25!! Ready. Set. Go!!! 🤩⭐️🌟✨🙌🏼 MUST ANSWER ALL 4️⃣ questions to win.

“I’ve got a subject I’d love to hear people’s feed back on & if you could possibly make a post about it, that’d help me a lot to get through this. I’m going through a broken engagement, the guy I was with I had known since I was 14. He was there through a lot of my surgeries & recovery. I’m now 22 & I’m having such a hard time getting back out there. The world of technology makes it to where we usually meet people online before we meet in person. I’m struggling very hard with meeting new guys because of my scars & how of course.. it’s noticeable that I was born with a cleft lip & palate. I’m just wanting to get opinions on if some people tell the person ahead of time or just wait it out. I am just struggling with the rejection I could possibly receive but I know that I’m not alone.. thank you so much for all you do. I hope you can possibly help me out.” @toni_thatiger_

Happy 10 years of miracle working to @globalsmile_org 👏🏼❤️

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