Eleanor

Hello! I’m Eleanor I’m 22 and I was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Although I have grown up in London most of my surgeries took place in Queen Victoria Hospital situated in East Grinstead. Completing my last surgery to close my palatal fistula in the Summer of 2014 I have chosen to have no further treatments.

I have had an immense amount of support from family and friends and realise how important it is to have someone to air any concerns or anxieties with. This is partially the reason I became a CLAPA peer supporter, as I know all too well that speaking about a problem or sharing a concern is pivotal to working through it. I enjoy the arts from life drawing to screen printing and thoroughly enjoy a good book. I would love to support you because having a cleft lip and or/palate is unique experience and having gone through it I realise how it can impact on many different aspects of life. I am a warm and friendly person and hope to help wherever I can.