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.
Bella Lucia has been a writer since age twelve and poet since age eighteen. She happens to have facial difference involving restored, severe bilateral cleft lip and palate. She is a retired advanced practice registered nurse/nurse practitioner with a long career in the healthcare industry.
Her story/book is one of triumph and hope over her congenital birth defect, creating strength, and courage along her journey. She never let bullying or maltreatment get in her way as she endeavored to achieve her personal and professional dreams. Bella has 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 & post graduate certificate from California State University, Fresno as psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.
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Check out this new and informative video that provides a historical prospective of cleft lip and palate and how it assist us to appreciate what we have today with regard to our special needs and the care that is available to us . There is more historical information found in my book.