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>>The first book, I Wish I’d Known… How Much I’d Love You!  was published in 2013. It is a compilation of cleft stories, photos, advice, and encouragement collected from parents of cleft affected children. 

>>The second edition titled I Wish I'd Known Clefts Create Courage was published in December 2017. This book is a similar compilation including submissions from a variety of perspectives within the cleft community.

>>The books includes stories, photos, our cleft survey results, cleft information, resource lists, cleft frequently asked questions and more!



>>My name is Julie Cwir and I have compiled and orchestrated the books and content created by I Wish I'd Known... 

>>I gather volunteers from within the cleft community to help me in working on big projects - THANK YOU!

>>We are not an organization, nor are we affiliated with any group or organization.

>>Dr. Andrew Ordon of The Doctors TV Show has written the foreword for I Wish I'd Known... How Much I'd Love You.

>>Jackie Elton of Transforming Faces has written the foreword for I Wish I'd Known Clefts Create Courage

>>Proceeds from book orders go to Cleft Charities. There are many wonderful cleft organizations that we support through social media as well. So far, donations have been made to Smile Train, Transforming Faces, About Face, Cleft Advocate, and 1 in 700.



>>I Wish I'd Known... How Much I'd Love You was published December 2013. The book can be ordered online, through your local bookstore, or you can purchase an ebook via Amazon. People on our email list will be receiving updates along our journey.

>>I Wish I'd Known Clefts Create Courage was published December 2017. The ebook version will be available soon.


>>Because of the wonder of the internet, this whole book has been put together online and is available for purchase worldwide through Amazon. Contact us if you are having trouble ordering.

>>Stories have been submitted from all over the world. You don’t need to be from a certain country or culture to submit a story or enjoy these books! So far, countries represented include: USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Mexico, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand...



>>We have a stories to share. We have experiences and advice to pass on to others. These books are incredible resources to those in the cleft community and others wanting to learn more.

>>We also aim to bring about cleft awareness through Facebook, Twitter, and media.

>>Why I Wish I’d Known… How Much I'd Love You? After first facing the news that their child has a cleft condition, many parents go through a grieving period. This first phase of the cleft journey can be sad, depressing, frightful, stressful and leaves many heavy-hearted. Once parents meet and bond with their precious and perfect child, they all come to the realization that love conquers fear. The love that a parent has for their child is so great that it surmounts any grief, any stress or sadness. Also, with each story submission, we ask what the parent wishes they would’ve known about their cleft journey.

>>Why I Wish I'd Known Clefts Create Courage? Those born with a cleft may experience a lot more physical and emotional struggles than those born without a difference. These life experiences shape us in to the people we are destined to be. These children are brave, beautiful, happy, loving, sensitive, and COURAGEOUS. Despite their uncommon journey, cleft children are just like anyone else and are NOT defined by their physical difference.



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