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.
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.