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!

3 ways to reduce anxiety for children at school

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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11 things that autism has taught me

11 things that autism has taught me

I am a huge fan of the app ‘Time Hop’ and check it each morning for a reminder of past adventures and dramas! Today I read that eleven years ago to the date, Harry was officially diagnosed with autism. Eleven years. Is that all? It feels like an eternity. I have...

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5 ways to feel less anxious wearing a face mask

5 ways to feel less anxious wearing a face mask

I have to admit, I didn't expect to feel as anxious as I did on day one of wearing my face mask while I shopped. I appreciate that our NHS workers (including my Mum and Sister) are wearing full PPE for hours on end and they all have my utmost respect. I am in no way...

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