Fast Forward to Senior Year

March 5, 2018

Everyday I struggle with my cleft palate. I’ve had eight majors surgeries, dozens of procedures and nine years of braces to quantify the medical impact thus far. At times, the emotional toll has caused just as much pain as the surgeries. As I write this, my jaw is currently wired shut from what I hope will be my last major surgery, and the feeling of my fingers on the keys reminds me even more so than the pain in my jaw that I am not finished yet. I still have to get my braces off and have a couple more procedures before I am done, I haven’t quite been able to neglect my insecurities, but I’m getting there. I am smart, capable and worthy. I too am a wonder.


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