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These photos are chosen and presented to you by Tanya herself, and she speaks for herself in her captions.

My Family

(left to right)
Back Row: Tracy (14), me (16-1/2)
Middle Row: Rose (Mom), Nikki (5), Joseph (Dad)
Front Row: Katie (3), Bryan (2), Joey (6)

Hello! Thank you for looking at my lovely photos! Let me tell you a bit about myself first (just the bare facts!). I am seventeen, and was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. My last major operation was a bone graft at age ten, and my next - and final - operation will be in about two years -- that will be to move my upper jaw forward and lower jaw backwards.
I am sorry there are no photos of my surgeries, before or after, but please enjoy!

Fear less, hope more,
Whine less, breathe more,
Talk less, say more,
Hate less, love more,
And all good things are yours.

2 days old (June, 1979)

"Mommy's Little Angel" - NOT!
5-1/2 months old (1979)

5 years old (1984)

3rd grade and 8 years old (1987)

still smiling at age 11-- 6th grade (1990)

Age 12, 7th grade (1991)

Sweet Sixteen: Fall 1995

In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me invincible summer.
-Albert Camus

Tanya's Senior Portrait - Age 17, November 1996

All men and women are born, live, suffer, and die; what distinguishes us from one another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about...

We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents.

We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing.

We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death.

But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.

          -Joseph Epstein

Tanya's Latest Picture! January 1997

May you always walk on soft grass
no matter where you go,
May you always stand in sunshine
and feel the warm wind blow,
May your path be bright with flowers
sparkling in the dew,
May your heart be filled with joy
and may all your dreams come true.


Here's the most recent photo of myself. I'm on the left, on the right is my cousin Gina. This was taken March 9, 1998, right after our return from our Spring Break roadtrip to Florida

Tanya's Jaw Advancement Surgery

Tanya's Abbé Flap Surgery

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