Real Stories: Living with Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. To learn what it’s like to live with this condition or how families are affected, read these real stories from people living with cleft lip and palate.
Michele and her son Cade, who was born with cleft lip and cleft palate, share Cade’s story. Cade has learned to define his disability, not let it define him, and to use it to help others by telling his story.
Kristin’s sons are three years apart, both born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. Kristin shares her family’s difficulties that they experienced, but also shares how both boys are resilient, strong, and healthy.
Susan shares her family’s story of two of their children, Josh and Alissa. Josh and Alissa were adopted, both born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.
Josh was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. His mother, Krista, shares Josh’s inspirational story.