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A Day In My Life

I actually have 2 holes in my body that most kids don’t have. There’s the stomach one, and I have one in my throat, too. They call it a Trach, which is short for tracheostomy.

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National Mentoring Month: Building Confidence for Craniofacial Patients

Adolescence is a tough path for anyone, but for someone with the added complication of a craniofacial difference, it can be a minefield. Many people find solace in their hobbies, their family, their friends, and if they are lucky, a mentor. The relationship between mentor and mentee is a unique and special one, and for some children and teens, having a mentor can make all the difference in the world. As #NationalMentoringMonth comes to a close, read our latest blog featuring myFaceStar Kyle and his mentor Brian Kriftcher, of the organization the Stamford Peace Youth Foundation.

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The Dos and Don’ts Of Nutrition And Mealtime With Small Children

Establishing healthy eating habits and proper nutrition in your children is essential from a very young age, as these will impact their overall health and relationship with food for their entire lives. A well-balanced diet is vital for your child to develop both physically and cognitively, and what you teach your children about healthy eating habits can affect their body image in the future.

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The Face of Life

The world offers us lessons that we can choose to either grasp tightly or hold onto loosely. Some define us, while others might be mistakenly overlooked. Over the last couple of years, I realized that my younger, free spirited, high energy and above all, smiling self was just a dream.

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Family Spotlight: Father’s Day Edition!

In honor of Father’s Day, we want to recognize awesome fathers everywhere; in particular we would like to highlight Russel Newman, proud and dedicated father of Nathaniel. Nathaniel was born with Treacher Collins syndrome 12 years ago and has so far undergone 56 surgeries.

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Family Spotlight: The Pleasants-Smith Family

We are a family of five, with three terrific kids: McLaine, Jaimeson and Andy. McLaine is our 21-year-old college student. She was born without a facial difference. Our 18-year-old daughter, Jaimeson, was born with a severe expression of Treacher Collins Syndrome. Two years after Jaimeson was born, we adopted our

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