By Kara Jackman
We have heard it said many times. We are all Wonders! What does that mean? How can we communicate how Wondrous we are?
Today, William showed me why he is wonderful!
I was truly touched by this video posted on the Cleft Lip and Palate Association in the United Kingdom's Facebook Page. I think it was an innovative way for this boy to tell his story.
I think this is a great way for kids to find some control in a life filled with little of it. Writing has always been my creative expression of choice. It is a way for me to organize my thoughts and feelings about what is happening in my world, medically and emotionally, to gain some perspective. Short video documentary check-in's, as William does above, is another great way to express yourself. Create your own documentary of upcoming procedures and share them with the world. Through sharing our stories, the public becomes informed, the craniofacial community finds and creates more advocates, and hopefully bullying and teasing decreases. Hate is driven by fear and confusion. If people understand what we are going through during these surgeries, then we can kill hate. Kindness will prevail because others will understand our perspective.
There is more than one way to share your story. Video, painting, poetry, exercise, religious practices, and dance are just a few of the ways you can reach people on an emotional level.
What other ways help you cope and better understand who you are? What means of expression would be helpful to the general public to better understand people born with a craniofacial differences?