Tagged with:Your Stories

  • 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.

  • Laura’s Story

    12 Jun 2018

    As her son approaches his teens, Laura remembers her pregnancy and looks back on some of the challenges he has faced and considers what's still to come.

  • Fliss’ Story

    11 Jun 2018

    Following the birth of her wonderful little boy, Fliss wrote an open letter to share though CLAPA, to help other expectant parents feel supported and reassured.

  • Becky and George’s Story

    11 Jun 2018

    Our beautiful Lottie was diagnosed with a bilateral cleft lip and palate at our 20 week scan. This was a huge shock for both me and George, as this wasn't something we ever thought about or expected to hear. From that day on, we received loads of support and help from family and friends, and also from CLAPA through all the information they share and through other families' experiences and stories.

  • Emma and Pip’s Story

    8 Jun 2018

    For me personally, CLAPA helped me face my fears. The reassurance from other mummies that had been through exactly what I was experiencing helped me to deal with so many different emotions that were spinning around in my head - Was it my fault? Had I harmed my unborn baby? What had I done wrong? How could I have changed this? Would I be able to cope? Would we bond? - The list was endless.

  • Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2018

    7 Jun 2018

    As Volunteers' Week 2018 comes to an end, we wanted to say a huge thank you to all of CLAPA's amazing volunteers for your continued dedication and support.

  • 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’.

  • Jemma and Casper’s Story

    6 Jun 2018

    As Caspar's first birthday approaches, Jemma reflects on the past year, and on her and Casper's journey ahead.

  • Paul’s Story

    4 Jun 2018

    Now as an adult I can go a couple of years without even giving my cleft a passing thought. Yes, it is a part of who I am - but only a small part. I am a person with a cleft lip. But I am also a person with two amazing children. I am also a person who cycles, who plays badminton, who develops websites, who is very tall, who is an only child, who sings in a choir. No one thing defines me.

  • Georgina’s Story

    31 May 2018

    Overall, I’ve found growing up with a cleft lip and gum difficult. I’ve felt really down and insecure about it at times. However I’ve realised it’s OK to be different. I don’t need a smaller nose or perfect shaped lips to be happy. I’ve become more accepting of myself and my scars. I’m trying to stop hiding behind makeup and my bad habit of covering my mouth when talking to people. I’m trying to love myself for the way I am.