“You’re going to have a boy!” Then in the next breath, “Please wait a moment, the doctor will be right in to speak with you.”  Those were the words my Mom and Dad heard the first time they saw me on ultrasound.  I was born with a 15mm-wide bilateral cleft lip and palate.  I am now almost 13 years old.  I feel like I am living a normal life and my cleft lip and palate are just part of it.

My cleft lip and palate do not define who I am but I do believe it helped make me who I am today. My differences are noticed and occasionally asked about. This doesn’t bother me.  I feel that it is just mostly curiosity from kids my age or younger.  Once I tell them, “I have had surgery on my mouth,” they move on and it usually never comes up again.