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CleftCast is a podcast dedicated to helping and informing the cleft and craniofacial community through real-life stories and information.

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Sometimes, it is really good to have helping hands support you through life's ups and downs. A recent "CleftCast" podcast discussed this in greater detail. Our "addition" podcast is short, sweet and to the point. Just a little extra love shown... more

There are times in life where the roads get bumpy and helping hands are needed. This is true whether dealing with a child in pain or life's twists and turns become an out-of-control ride. After some time away, "CleftCast" host Joe Rutland... more

It is inconceivable that there are situations where people turn violent against those who have facial differences. But it does happen, and it must stop. Physical abuse, which also includes sexual abuse, has no place in a sane world. Living and... more

Many times, people in the cleft and craniofacial community will have a lot of emotions and feelings stirred up inside. You name it. Frustration, sadness, anger, joy, happiness, etc. They all have a tendency to well up ... especially those... more

Everyone has their own journey or path to follow when it comes to their cleft or craniofacial anomaly. It can be stress filled and, at times, funny and humorous. Yet the strand that does tie many people together, in spite of different opinions... more

It is quite easy to feel resentful about what life has thrown your way. "Why do I have this craniofacial anomaly?" some ask. "Do I have to go through another operation?" others will ask. "This sucks and I don't like anyone" also is a... more

Let's talk about speech therapy. It is one of the toughest parts for people in the cleft and craniofacial community to go through. Kind-hearted individuals take many of us by the hand and make sure we can pronounce our vowels and... more

Josh Blanco is a 25-year-old lefthanded pitcher out of El Paso, Texas. He was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, managed to get his way through middle school bullies by focusing on athletics, and found himself being drafted by the... more

Don't you think that we all could use more serenity and peace in our lives? I do. It's quite comical to watch me lose my serene state and become agitated, afraid or scared. When these feelings crop up, I guarantee you that serenity is not... more

Yes, understandably, people, situations and circumstances can drive us in the cleft and craniofacial community to feeling upset, angry and frustrated. When they call come out at once, there is this unstoppable force called rage that... more