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Reply Brad Smith
4:52 AM on February 26, 2015 
Hello Anna! My name is Brad and I'm a police officer in NC, USA. I am 46 years old and I wanted to ask you if I could be a member on your site. I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and a severely deviated septum. Obviously I am not a teen nor a "young" person, but we did not have anything like this when I was growing up and I think what you are doing here is amazing!!! I was hoping that I could provide a little insight to those members about what it is going to be like to age with our slight imperfection. Please let me know what you decide and either way, thanks for what you are doing here. Brad
Reply Sabrina69
8:57 PM on March 20, 2014 
Hi, I write from Italy. I'm a 8 years old boy's mother who born with cleft lip and cleft palate. I like your idea! Great! Kisses from Italy!!! Sabrina & Diego
Reply Jacqueline
12:36 AM on January 29, 2014 
I as born with a cleft lip & palate. I received my first surgery in Guatemala where I was born I am blessed I got adopted at 2years old .
Reply Selenaa
11:44 PM on January 8, 2014 
I don't exactly know what brought me to this website. All I can say is that my life has been tough, and I think that goes for all of us. I've never met or spoken to anyone else like me. I guess I'm just looking for understanding. This site was a very nice idea. If anyone would like to talk, my email address is [email protected]
Reply Jodii
7:16 PM on December 29, 2013 
Hiii all!! I'm new to this so thought I'd say hey .... I was born with cleft lip & palate unilateral complete & I live in the UK. I joined this so I could talk to other people like myself. So feel free to message me :)
Reply Molly Derecourt
2:06 AM on December 3, 2013 
Ah well hey. I was born with a cleft lip and palate bilateral. I am 15 and live in New Zealand. I have recently had major surgery on my lips and nose. I do netball, hockey, touch, running and I gym! Im down to earth and a generally happy person who loves to laugh. I really want to be able to talk to someone who knows what this is like. My family and friends don't really understand and its getting harder and harder lately I guess. My email is [email protected] if anyone ever wants to talk because it would be much appreciated.
Reply Monica
10:18 PM on August 9, 2013 
Hi, this is my first post to this website. 16 years ago I was born with a cleft lip and palate. I have had 8 surgeries (2 surgeries for other reasons) at Seattle Children's and I hopefully will have my last surgery after I graduate for a double jaw alignment surgery. I am the 2nd bass clarinet in my high school's Wind Ensemble, a tennis player on one of their tennis teams, and play clarinet in their marching band. I feel that the challenges I have went through has made me the person who I am today. Through all the negatives, I want to have a positive outlook on life. I do not want my challenges to get in the way of me being outgoing and meeting new people.
Reply Sneha
5:42 AM on July 6, 2013 
Hello! I was born with a cleft 16 years ago. I absolutely love your blog and I was hoping you could post more make-up tips to cover up the scar .I've tried concealor and practically everything but nothing works :( I love your site and im looking forward to seeing more posts ! With love , Sneha
Reply Anna Zine
3:29 PM on December 2, 2012 
Ok, webs.com is being typically glitchy. It won't let me finish my "Ewen" speech... Sorry.

Ewen Porter says...
Just gonna leave this on here for people to see.

Struggle is nature's way of strengthening you.
As you're going through the 'growing up' phase of your life, you might find the experience to be emotionally challenging, but if you persevere and stay positive you're only going to come out of it a much stronger person.

Google "The Butterfly Struggle Story"

Peace x
Reply Anna Zine
3:13 PM on December 2, 2012 
That was really beautiful.
"I received nothing I wanted, But I received everything I needed."
I have never heard that story before, and I'm super happy you shared it.
"...What the person, in sincere kindness and goodwill, did not understand was that the restricting chrysallis and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening, were the One's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the chrysallis..."

This metaphor is true and lovely.

Thanks, Ewen!

PS: I'm sorry if this bugs you (you probably hear it quite a bit) but I love your name. Ewan McGreggor 4 LIFE (