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You are beautiful inside and out!

You are beautiful inside and out!

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“Always remember that you are beautiful inside and out. Some people might judge us. They might see us differently. But we are special in our own way.” - Joanna Mae B. Pobleto (NCFPI patient) I was born in Bacolod City and people there have always been curious about my medical condition. I have a cleft and a big hole in my face. I can't even drink milk properly so my parents decided that I need to stay at the hospital for the insertion of an orogastric tube (OGT). But due to a lack of resources, my parents decided to look for a foundation that can help me. Someone contacted my parents to help us to post my condition in a newspaper. My parents were so thankful because a lot of…
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My Taiwan Trip

My Taiwan Trip

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Hi. I'm Cherry Mariano, 22 years old, and [I'm] one of the thousands of patients out there that was fortunate enough to be a recipient of Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines. It greatly helped me in my operation [for] cleft lip and palate. I'm one of those who suffered relentless bullying because of this condition, but who at the same time, remained firm in continuing through despite this. (more…)
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My Cleft Journey: “GROW THROUGH WHAT YOU GO THROUGH”

My Cleft Journey: “GROW THROUGH WHAT YOU GO THROUGH”

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This cleft journey has been complicated. It’s been challenging and uncomfortable, physically and emotionally. However, it’s also been truly amazing. I have learned to appreciate my strength and celebrate my bravery. I’ve used what was once painful and worked to turn it into something lovely. But the best and most beautiful part of this journey has been the people. I’m Katrina A. Pilla, 20 years old. I was born with complete left cleft lip and palate. (more…)
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