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!

9 things that have helped my mental health

I have blogged in the past about my mental health journey. Initially, the shock diagnosis of Goldenhar Syndrome for my son Harry lead to depression. More recently I have been happy to share that I am struggling with anxiety like I've never known before, brought on by...

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Craniosacral therapy. What it is and how it helped us

The early months of my boys’ lives were tricky for us all. They had arrived eight weeks prematurely which brought its own issues and concerns. Harry had been born with a rare syndrome which meant that feeding him was a challenge and I was struggling to get my head...

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Postnatal depression symptoms and support

I was never formally diagnosed with postnatal depression but the signs were there. My twins were born 8 weeks prematurely by emergency c-section rather than the natural delivery I had planned and they had to spend their first 6 weeks in special care. Twin two, Harry,...

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