Tagged with:Adult Stories

  • David’s Story

    4 Sep 2018

    Having worked hard on his own confidence over the years, David hopes that sharing his story will help to inspire young people born with a cleft who are still finding their way.

  • Carol’s Story

    3 Sep 2018

    Carol was born in 1948 with a cleft palate. In this short interview with CLAPA she shares how her confidence has grown over the years, and how she has moved on from being nervous about her speech to facing the crowds with confidence as a spoken word performer.

  • Keith in his hometown

    Keith’s Story

    20 Aug 2018

    As part of this short interview with CLAPA, Keith explains how he approaches confidence issues that can come with being born with a cleft, how his surgeries have affected the person he is today, and how grateful he is to the people he has met along the way.

  • Sabrina’s Story

    17 Aug 2018

    Sabrina decided to get in touch with CLAPA in the hope that parents of children born with a cleft and young people growing up affected by cleft might find it a source of comfort to hear from someone with her experiences.

  • jen now

    Jen’s Story

    13 Aug 2018

    I am 31 years old and 33 weeks pregnant with my first baby...we decided to have a private scan for peace of mind...during the consultation the sonographer diagnosed the baby with a cleft lip and (possible) palate - just as I was born.

  • A Message From Luke

    8 Aug 2018

    I’ve seen so many people being upset or feeling down because they have a cleft but I don’t it doesn’t really bother me and it shouldn’t really bother other people. I say be proud to have a cleft lip because it shows that we are strong ?

  • David’s Story

    6 Aug 2018

    As well as getting in touch about becoming a CLAPA Volunteer, David’s been kind enough to share his story in this interview, in the hope it will share some of his positivity with others in the UK Cleft Community.

  • #NHS70: Pat’s Story

    4 Jul 2018

    Pat was born in 1954 with a cleft lip and palate. She is currently a Cleft Nurse Specialist at the Birmingham Children’s’ Hospital. In this interview to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, she offers insight into the changes in cleft care over the years that she has experienced as both a patient and a professional.

  • Rebecca’s Story

    12 Jun 2018

    Rebecca got in touch with CLAPA to share her experience of growing up with a cleft palate, which was undiagnosed until she was 3 years old.

  • Stavroulla’s Story

    6 Jun 2018

    "Why does your lip have a funny shape?" The question got me thinking, mostly about my smile and myself. I found it intriguing how a child’s brain works, as there’s no filter. Of course the question took me aback, but I simply answered as best I could with a reply of ‘everyone is born differently, these differences are what makes us unique and special’.