A Different Kind of Normal

It’s been many years since I asked myself, why me? Why was I born with a cleft?

There’s no known history of cleft in my family so the cause is probably not genetic.

Perhaps it was just a fluke. Or perhaps it was meant to be, for who would I have been today if I hadn’t been born with a cleft?keep-calm-its-only-a-cleft-1

Whatever the cause, I would never want to swap my face for one without a cleft.

After all, cleft lip/palate, in all its different variations, is one of the most common birth defects in the world. I recently learned that every 2.5 minutes, a baby with cleft is born somewhere in the world.

So I’m in good company. And this made me think that cleft, really, is quite normal.

Just a different kind of normal.

2 thoughts on “A Different Kind of Normal

  1. Julia August 27, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Yes, we all need to embrace difference as part of the whole. Thank you for sharing this important message Jenny.


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