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!
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As the school holidays arrive, social media is often lit up with posts from parents relieved not to have to endure the school run for a while and to be able to relax and spend some creative, pressure free and fun time with their little people. For parents like me, the...
13 ways to live, laugh, love and learn when your child has a disability
My boys turn 16 this year and recently I have been doing some reflecting on how they, and I have grown during this time. Today I wanted to share my thoughts on how I have managed to live, love, laugh and learn as I have come to terms with Harry’s disability. It’s not...
3 ways to reduce anxiety for children at school
I write this blog as a parent who thought long and hard about my boys return to school following the global pandemic of 2020 and as a teacher who is supporting students as they recently returned to the education that they have missed for five long months. It’s...
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