Sharing the highs, lows, challenges and triumphs of a life altered by facial disfigurement & special needs

Hi I’m Charlie, Mum to twins Oliver and Harry, part-time teacher, author, blogger, charity founder (More Than a Face) and cheeseaholic! Welcome to our website where you will read about the highs, lows, challenges and triumphs of a life which changed unexpectedly when Harry was born with a facial disfigurement and was later diagnosed with autism. I am real, honest (brutally at times) and passionate about supporting others on journeys they never expected to take. Welcome to our happy madness!
Our Altered Life is the account of our journey, written over 9 years. Initially, it was simply my way of recording my thoughts and feelings over time but as friends read it they encouraged me to publish it as they felt that others would gain a lot from reading my honest reflections. It turns our they were right! An Amazon best seller with incredible reviews (which aren’t all from my mum!), I am very proud of my first book and keen to make sure that it is read by the people who really need it. You can download chapter one for free!

Do you always practice what you preach?

I recently turned double 20 years old (not that I am in denial or anything) and as part of my celebrations my fiance Andrew and I went out with friends. While we were out, my lovely friend Sophie who had arranged the surprise night away pulled a gift from her handbag...

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40 things I have learned in 40 years

Despite dreading turning 40 for the past 6 months I woke on my 40th birthday feeling no different than before (other than a whopping cold sore which I'm hoping isn't an omen for the year ahead!) Loads of people (over the age of 40) have told me that 40 is still young...

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The emotional conflict of letting my boy grow

This week I was explaining to one of the classes I teach what it means to be in 'emotional conflict'; to feel conflicted. Today, as I packed my sons suitcase for his week-long residential with school, I became the embodiment of that description. When I asked Harry if...

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