JANUARY, 201
Author, Julie Cwir, speaks with podcast creator, Diana Collins, on post-partum depression and being a cleft mom. Check out AlwaysWithMe.org

APRIL 23, 2016
A new merchandise shop has been opened through Spreadshirt. 


MARCH 23, 2016
We are now accepting story submissions for the second book edition :) Submit your story now!


MARCH 2016
Chose a winner for the logo contest we set up to prepare for the new book "I Wish I'd Known Clefts Create Courage"!


MARCH 2015
Got set up on Instagram!! Follow me and share your pics with me. @iwishidknown


FEB 2015
"I Wish I'd Known... How Much I'd Love You" has an award for one of the Best Books of The Month on Amazon.com !!


JAN 2015
Almost $900 CDN was donated to various cleft charities from the 2014 sales of "I Wish I'd Known... How Much I'd Love You" !!! Thanks for your support! It's been a great first year!


SEPT 2014
The book "I Wish I'd Known... How Much I'd Love You" is available on Cleftopedia.com


JAN 6, 2014

Pembina Valley Online News Release

"What started out as a small project a little over year ago for former Plum Coulee resident, Julie Cwir, has turned into much more.  Cwir, who's young son was born with a cleft lip, initially had plans to put together a Shutterfly book telling their personal story, in hopes to help and encourage others with cleft affected children. As time went on more and more people wanted to get involved and share their story...."  Read More


JAN 2014

A Featured Alumni Update on ProvidenceUC.ca

"Julie Cwir has compiled an outstanding collection of stories about cleft children and their journey. Follow along with parents and children as they face health problems, emotional stress, and discrimination all with genuine love and resilience..."


JAN 2013
Discover Westman Article

Read the Full Article and Listen to Audio Segments
After her own personal journey with a son born with a cleft lip, a Souris resident has started creating a book of stories from other parents who have lived through the same in hopes of helping those who may face the situation in the future. A cleft occurs when the lip and/or the roof of the mouth doesn't fully form. 
After her own personal journey with a son born with a cleft lip, a Souris resident has started creating a book of stories from other parents who have lived through the same in hopes of helping those who may face the situation in the future. A cleft occurs when the lip and/or the roof of the mouth doesn't fully form.

Julie Cwir's son Kaeden was born with a cleft lip which led to a lot of struggles in his first days, but ultimately surgery has allowed the 16 month old to move forward with a healthy life. - See more at: http://discoverwestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19613:-personal-experience-with-cleft-child-compels-souris-resident-to-compile-book&catid=13:local-news&Itemid=313#sthash.bqzqEB77.dpuf

After her own personal journey with a son born with a cleft lip, a Souris resident has started creating a book of stories from other parents who have lived through the same in hopes of helping those who may face the situation in the future. A cleft occurs when the lip and/or the roof of the mouth doesn't fully form.

Julie Cwir's son Kaeden was born with a cleft lip which led to a lot of struggles in his first days, but ultimately surgery has allowed the 16 month old to move forward with a healthy life. - See more at: http://discoverwestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19613:-personal-experience-with-cleft-child-compels-souris-resident-to-compile-book&catid=13:local-news&Itemid=313#sthash.bqzqEB77.dpuf
After her own personal journey with a son born with a cleft lip, a Souris resident has started creating a book of stories from other parents who have lived through the same in hopes of helping those who may face the situation in the future. A cleft occurs when the lip and/or the roof of the mouth doesn't fully form.

Julie Cwir's son Kaeden was born with a cleft lip which led to a lot of struggles in his first days, but ultimately surgery has allowed the 16 month old to move forward with a healthy life. - See more at: http://discoverwestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19613:-personal-experience-with-cleft-child-compels-souris-resident-to-compile-book&catid=13:local-news&Itemid=313#sthash.bqzqEB77.dpuf
After her own personal journey with a son born with a cleft lip, a Souris resident has started creating a book of stories from other parents who have lived through the same in hopes of helping those who may face the situation in the future. A cleft occurs when the lip and/or the roof of the mouth doesn't fully form.

Julie Cwir's son Kaeden was born with a cleft lip which led to a lot of struggles in his first days, but ultimately surgery has allowed the 16 month old to move forward with a healthy life. - See more at: http://discoverwestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19613:-personal-experience-with-cleft-child-compels-souris-resident-to-compile-book&catid=13:local-news&Itemid=313#sthash.bqzqEB77.dpuf
After her own personal journey with a son born with a cleft lip, a Souris resident has started creating a book of stories from other parents who have lived through the same in hopes of helping those who may face the situation in the future. A cleft occurs when the lip and/or the roof of the mouth doesn't fully form.

Julie Cwir's son Kaeden was born with a cleft lip which led to a lot of struggles in his first days, but ultimately surgery has allowed the 16 month old to move forward with a healthy life. - See more at: http://discoverwestman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19613:-personal-experience-with-cleft-child-compels-souris-resident-to-compile-book&catid=13:local-news&Itemid=313#sthash.bqzqEB77.dpuf
PRESS RELEASE:

Date: 30/12/2013

Contact: 
Julie Cwir
iwishidknown@hotmail.com

The first of its kind: An inspiring and educational look into the life of cleft affected children


Julie Cwir has compiled an outstanding collection of stories about cleft children and their journey. Follow along with parents and children as they face health problems, emotional stress, and discrimination all with genuine love and resilience.


Souris, ManitobaI Wish I’d Known… How Much I’d Love You is more than a book. It is a community; a community of those affected by the cleft birth defect. Over 80 stories have been submitted from across the globe: the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. These parents share their heart, bring encouragement to others in a similar situation, and give a glimpse into the often unseen life of a child born with a cleft. 

In his foreword for the book, Dr. Andrew Ordon, MD, FACS writes, “Our children and our patients come first. What better way to enter the world of all those who deal with cleft lip and palate, than through the remarkable and enlightening stories that Julie Cwir has so masterfully collected.” This book is not only packed with uplifting cleft stories, but provides photos of the children's transformations, will answer your questions about clefts, provide parents with tips and encouragement for their own child's cleft journey, show you where to find supplementary cleft resources, and much, much more! No matter your background or experience in the cleft condition, you will be blown away by I Wish I'd Known... How Much I'd Love You.

Cwir and these fellow parents bring encouragement and education to new parents of cleft affected children, provide cleft specialists and family medical doctors with information and resources, and educate the everyday person in what parents of cleft children endure. “In 1970, when my son was born, there was so little information, and what was known was full of bias and superstition. [This] book is going to change that and help familiarize even non-affected people with a knowledge of the cleft journey” Jo-Anne Osika King, one of the many story writers.

I Wish I’d Known… How Much I’d Love You has been on its own journey as well. Self-published by Cwir, this book took over a year to complete and has had its own trials to overcome. Similar to the children’s stories in this book, it started out beautiful, faced challenges, and has come out a masterpiece. Cwir’s book can be ordered online. Find links through the website www.iwishidknown.yolasite.com You can follow Cwir on Twitter @Cleftbook or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/iwishidknown)
JULY 21, 2013
Interview I did with Toronto Star regarding the Lone Ranger Movie
NOTE: I have never called for a boycott on the movie. People need to make their own decisions about it, but I mainly note the ineducation of the makeup artist, creators of the movie, and William Fitchner in the making and portrayal of this character.

"Butch Cavendish, the villain in The Lone Ranger movie, has the cold eyes of a killer and, to the dismay of many parents, a sneer emphasized by a cleft lip. Parents and organizations that support children with cleft lip have called for a boycott of the new Disney film and have urged people to write letters and tweet their views so that anyone browsing the net will see their complaint. They say that children with cleft lip will be mocked as bad guys and be more vulnerable to bullying and ridicule..." Read More


NOV 2013

CafePress Shop is Opened.