The Cleft Chronicles

This is a blog dedicated to fostering a safe, informative, and encouraging community among those who have any variation of a cleft lip and/or palate.

You can contact me personally here:
-personal blog: dftbbrodie.tumblr.com
-twitter: @DFTBBrodie
-email: brodiefoster95@yahoo.com

cardiacattack:

A Pigeon Bottle is used for babies with cleft palates. In this picture, you can see the left side of the nipple is a different color from the right. That’s because the plastic is thicker here, making it easier for babies to feed. The nipple also uses an air valve to control the amount of milk released into the nipple. 

I know there are some mommies on here with little baby clefties!

blithe-and-becoming:

I’m about to finish all of my cleft palate treatment! As soon as I get the crown put on, 20 years of treatment and 15 surgeries later, I am done!

Gonna celebrate with some painkillers and mashed potatoes haha.

THAT’S SO EXCITING CONGRATS! <3

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello there! I came across your blog but can I say something. I don't have a cleft lip or anything, but I have uneven sized nostrils. And by uneven I mean really uneven. And it saddens me but I try my best to not make it obvious. But this blog made me feel better. I don't feel alone and I want to appreciate that people like you exist. But I don't know I'm a normal human being. Also let it be known that I was born prematurely, but once again. This blog is a life changer. <3
thecleftchronicles thecleftchronicles Said:

That’s so wonderful that you’ve found some kind of encouragement from this blog! No cleft is the same, no genetic deformity is the same, no one is the same! Everyone has their own struggles! It is just fantastic for anyone to find people who have similar struggles and be encouraged by it <3

Best wishes to you :)

pe-ter-pan:

Pictures where I felt beautiful

WOAH CUTIE <3

lady-buggin:

have any people with cleft lips ever had their top lip redone? and if so do you get like white dots where the whistle part was operated on? because i do and i can’t wear lipstick to cover it bc my lips are so weird and i was wondering if anyone else got it

I personally haven’t had much done to my top lip. My doctor put some artificial tissue in there to plump it up a bit but that’s it. I know I get little puckers at the corners of my lips from surgery scar tissue.

Anyone else have lip troubles?

zaachumbawamba:

Baby Russell

SO CUTE

personalceruleanhufflepuff:

Tomorrow I’m going to Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford for Plastic Surgery.

I was born with a cleft lip and palate which means my lip and inside of my mouth to my nose where not connected properly during development in the womb. It was all stitched up shortly after birth and I’ve had various operations relating to it since. Such as bone being taken from my hip and put above my lip where I didn’t have the most people have.

My face has obviously grown since my birth. So this surgery will re-stitch where scar is stretched. It will also flatten my nose somewhat and make my nostrils more symmetrical.

I’ll be staying over one night and then going back home the next day. It’s possible I’ll stay two night but that’s unlikely.

I’ll then have to go back another time and have the stitching taken out.

Just an update on what’s going on with that.

Good luck! <3 Hope everything goes well and you have a speedy recovery!

hickigaya:

I’m completely aware that this is not a very attractive photo of myself, however, after what feels like forever I finally got my braces off ^_^

idek what the point of this was or if this was even worth posting but I just wanted to show people who perhaps understand what great deal this meant so ya ok bye

(((if anyone ever wants to talk to me about their cleft pls feel free to message me, I’d love to talk to you)))

Hello, yes, this is a very attractive photo of your very attractive face, thank you. Carry on &lt;3(congrats on the lack of braces!)

hickigaya:

I’m completely aware that this is not a very attractive photo of myself, however, after what feels like forever I finally got my braces off ^_^

idek what the point of this was or if this was even worth posting but I just wanted to show people who perhaps understand what great deal this meant so ya ok bye

(((if anyone ever wants to talk to me about their cleft pls feel free to message me, I’d love to talk to you)))

Hello, yes, this is a very attractive photo of your very attractive face, thank you. Carry on <3

(congrats on the lack of braces!)

Asker maryether Asks:
I definitely have some smelling issues due to my cleft, sometimes I don't smell things others do. Ironically, I worked in fragrances at Macy's for almost a year and I could differentiate between fragrances easily despite my issues. Go figure~
thecleftchronicles thecleftchronicles Said:

That’s cool! I wonder if other clefties have smelling issues but they’ve never noticed before. I’ve never seriously considered how well I smell….

That’s awesome that you overcame those issues! <3

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Yes, I have cleft lip and palate and I can't smell
thecleftchronicles thecleftchronicles Said:

There you go! Not so uncommon :)