Charlie, the author
‘After a healthy twin pregnancy, Charlene and Mark were shocked to be told that one of their boys had been born with half of his face undeveloped. In seconds, the happy family future they had been planning disintegrated into turmoil and uncertainty.
Laugh out loud funny in places, heart-wrenchingly sad in others, and refreshingly honest at all times, Our Altered Life is Charlene’s wonderful account of how she struggled to forgive herself and bond with a baby she didn’t expect. Follow her transition through grief and anger, challenges and triumphs, loss and acceptance, to love for the life she has now with two children she wouldn’t change for the world.’
What started as a cathartic collection of honest diary entries, was published in 2017 as Our Altered Life. The book has been endorsed by the craniofacial society of America as an incredible resource for new parents or anyone wanting a first-hand understanding of the impact an altered life has on a family and Charlie regularly receives messages from around the world from new mothers thanking her for writing what they are too afraid to share.