National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month 2014
Today is the last day of the National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month. The NCCAPM is an American registered non-profit that promotes awareness for birth defects such as cleft lip/palate, but also for craniofacial injuries that can happen later in life (this is where the ‘Prevention’ comes in). I’m not affiliated with them in any way, but with so many great causes vying for your attention, I thought I should highlight this one. It’s the last day of July, so give it a few minutes of your time before August starts.
One thing I’ve noticed this past year, is that pre-baby I didn’t know a single person affected by cleft problems. Since having my daughter so many people have shared their story with me. It’s more common than I thought, even within my family. A doctor told me that this is because it used to be a hush hush topic, and that most kids were not even told they had cleft lip or palate problems. In my grandmother’s day the kids were operated on at a young age and later told that they had a sledding accident or something. Sometimes things change for the better.
Just because it’s the last day of the month doesn’t mean we can’t still spread awareness. Do you know someone affected by a Cleft or Craniofacial problem? Comment and share.