My Cleft Talks
I’m proud to use my experiences as a cleft lip and palate patient to support, educate and empower others. Being a patient since I was born not only shaped my personal life, but also shaped my academic interests. At university, I specialised in medical communication. There I explored the challenges of doctor-patient communication and ways to empower patients.
From there, I decided to write this website. I wanted to help people understand what it’s like for cleft lip and palate patients, both physically and emotionally. This has led to so many amazing opportunities to speak about my experiences and ways to improve patient empowerment. From speaking at conferences for world-renowned cleft specialists, to giving awareness-raising interviews and guest blogging.
Since completing my treatment, I've told my cleft lip and palate story to lots of people. From nurses, surgeons and orthodontists, to psychologists, speech therapists and others also affected by cleft. I've given patient perspective talks at national and international conferences and shared ways to improve medical communication.
Interviews and articles
Sharing my cleft journey online has opened up so many opportunities. I love being part of the larger cleft lip and palate conversation and global cleft networks. I've shared my thoughts on many cleft-related topics, like making decisions about treatment as you get older and self-esteem. I'm always happy to chat about my experiences and find new ways to empower patients and people affected by cleft.