My ambition is to inspire, empower and provide hope to those with facial difference.¨ Those affected by facial difference ranging from adolescence to the elderly both in the US and around the world
¨ Parents and grandparents of children affected by facial difference
¨ Women with facial difference struggling with their appearance, having facial scars and wanting to look their best
¨ Baby boomers born with facial difference at a time when advanced surgery and dental procedures were lacking
¨ Healthcare professionals such as oral surgeons, plastic surgeons, general dentists, maxillo-facial surgeons, nurses, prosthodontists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, speech therapists
¨ Mental Health Practitioners
¨ Professional support groups such as Cleft Proud, Wide Smiles, Smile Train, March of Dimes, American Cleft Palate Association
¨ Those who have been bullied for looking different
¨ Survivors of domestic violence who happen to be affected by facial difference
I would love to hear from those individuals affected by facial difference and how you dealt with it. How did you arise above it? Are you still dealing with it? There is so much to learn from each other and there is so much courage and strength.
I think about after all of the surgery and dental procedures are complete, then what? Maintenance and self care are important.
I have facial difference involving restored, severe and complete bilateral cleft lip and palate. I am a retired advanced practice registered nurse/nurse practitioner with a long career in the healthcare industry.
My story/book is one of triumph and hope over her congenital birth defect, creating strength, and courage along her journey. I never let bullying or maltreatment get in her way as she endeavored to achieve her personal and professional dreams.
I have received a professional nursing diploma from Braddock General Hospital, school of nursing, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Duquesne University, a master of science degree in nursing with a specialty as a family practice nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh and post graduate certificate from California State University, Fresno as psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.
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Let's show the world our strength and what we are capable of doing beyond my blog; embracing imperfect beauty with inspiration, hope, self-acceptance, self-love and self-respect.
Welcome to "HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?" Looking, being and feeling different. Focusing on self- love , self-respect and self -acceptance. Release the bully. Love your scars, smile and your imperfect beauty. Celebrate yourself as you age and be proud of who you are.. You are tenacious. A shining star who walks in the beauty of your own light!
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