I am a RN and was born with a cleft lip and palate.
I have written four books, Smile with Simon, Simon and the Buddy Branch, Simon and Patty Go To Camp, and Simon and the Bully. These children’s books resonate with young people suffering from similar craniofacial differences.
My first children’s book is titled “Smile with Simon,” about a cardinal named Simon who’s born with a gap in his beak which made it difficult for him to eat, smile and sing. In the story, he meets a young girl named Patty, who relates with Simon because she has a cleft lip. I wrote a second book, “Simon and the Buddy Branch,” which further stresses the importance of kindness, love and acceptance in the lives of children with cleft lips.
My third book, “Simon and Patty Goes To Camp”, is a story that shows children that there are camps out there where you will be accepted for who you are. A safe place where a community surrounds you with love and kindness.