I have mentioned this before (here), and I think it's obvious, but in case you don't know, I was born with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate (info from wikipedia HERE).
I had my mom dig up some old pictures and my dad took pictures of the pictures with his phone and sent them my way - so not the best quality, but anyways, a few baby pictures for you:
I don't have any pictures of me before surgery - they operated right away, maybe a day old? I have had over a dozen operations as they tweak my lip and raise my nose. Maybe one a year til I was 12, and then one more when I was 15ish. That was one interesting - my plastic surgeon wanted my upper lip to be fuller, so he used part of my bottom lip - but for the graft to work, it had to be connected for a couple of weeks. So it meant that my mouth was sewed shut except for the corners. I lived on strawberry milkshakes and heated up V8 - anything that would go through a straw. Crazy, right?!?
So, a few recent pictures - you can see my scars, but if I were more of a makeup wearer, I think they'd be even less visable:
I can say that growing up, I knew I was like any other kid. I am grateful for the reconstructive surgery I was able to receive as a infant/toddler/child that gave me that opportunity. I can’t imagine not being able to meet that need for a child. Especially now as a parent, not being able to help your own child would be devastating. I probably should have had my mom write this post. Anyways.....
Some bloggers got together to raise money to help those who can't afford reconstructive surgery for their children:
What a great effort, right?? $240, that's it, to change a child's life.
Tons of great items are being auctioned, with all the proceeds going to help Operation Smile - - you can bid on the items by clicking the pictures below - I hope this copy and paste works......