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About the author


Bella Lucia has been a writer since age twelve and a poet since eighteen. She happens to have facial difference involving a restored bilateral cleft lip and palate. She is a retired master's prepared advance practice registered nurse/nurse practitioner with a long career in the healthcare industry. Her story is one of triumph over her congenital birth defect, creating strength and courage along her journey. She never let bullying or maltreatment, impede her as she endeavored to achieve her personal and professional dreams. Lucia's ambition is to inspire others with facial difference, their families, friends and acquaintances. She lives with her husband and Boston Terrier in Kansas.

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Lucia's Story: My Imperfect Beauty
A Memoir written in Devotion to and Respect for Facial Difference

Overview


Are you prepared for a compelling memoir about an individual defeating the stigmas of facial difference? Born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and trudging through many restorative surgeries, Bella Lucia triumphed over the history and superstitions of her birth defect. The foundation of her healing journey is in steely resilience and joyful activities such as meditation, being in nature, yoga, spirituality, dance, travel, and writing.

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Description


Are you prepared for a compelling memoir about an individual defeating the stigmas of facial difference? Born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and trudging through many restorative surgeries, Bella Lucia triumphed over the history and superstitions of her birth defect. The foundation of her healing journey is in steely resilience and joyful activities such as meditation, being in nature, yoga, spirituality, dance, travel, and writing. "Lucia's Story: My Imperfect Beauty" is for those struggling with any type of facial difference; families and friends of those individuals with facial difference; those with other differences; those who feel different in any way; and those who seek motivation, hope and inspiration. Inside the book you will find references to support the author's details, a few poems and photographs to complement her her story.

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Overview


Are you prepared for a compelling memoir about an individual defeating the stigmas of facial difference? Born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and trudging through many restorative surgeries, Bella Lucia triumphed over the history and superstitions of her birth defect. The foundation of her healing journey is in steely resilience and joyful activities such as meditation, being in nature, yoga, spirituality, dance, travel, and writing.

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Description


Are you prepared for a compelling memoir about an individual defeating the stigmas of facial difference? Born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and trudging through many restorative surgeries, Bella Lucia triumphed over the history and superstitions of her birth defect. The foundation of her healing journey is in steely resilience and joyful activities such as meditation, being in nature, yoga, spirituality, dance, travel, and writing. "Lucia's Story: My Imperfect Beauty" is for those struggling with any type of facial difference; families and friends of those individuals with facial difference; those with other differences; those who feel different in any way; and those who seek motivation, hope and inspiration. Inside the book you will find references to support the author's details, a few poems and photographs to complement her her story.

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Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Personal Memoirs

Language:English

Pages:144

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781098341312

Paperback ISBN:9781098341305


Overview


Are you prepared for a compelling memoir about an individual defeating the stigmas of facial difference? Born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and trudging through many restorative surgeries, Bella Lucia triumphed over the history and superstitions of her birth defect. The foundation of her healing journey is in steely resilience and joyful activities such as meditation, being in nature, yoga, spirituality, dance, travel, and writing.

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Description


Are you prepared for a compelling memoir about an individual defeating the stigmas of facial difference? Born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and trudging through many restorative surgeries, Bella Lucia triumphed over the history and superstitions of her birth defect. The foundation of her healing journey is in steely resilience and joyful activities such as meditation, being in nature, yoga, spirituality, dance, travel, and writing. "Lucia's Story: My Imperfect Beauty" is for those struggling with any type of facial difference; families and friends of those individuals with facial difference; those with other differences; those who feel different in any way; and those who seek motivation, hope and inspiration. Inside the book you will find references to support the author's details, a few poems and photographs to complement her her story.

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About the author


Bella Lucia has been a writer since age twelve and a poet since eighteen. She happens to have facial difference involving a restored bilateral cleft lip and palate. She is a retired master's prepared advance practice registered nurse/nurse practitioner with a long career in the healthcare industry. Her story is one of triumph over her congenital birth defect, creating strength and courage along her journey. She never let bullying or maltreatment, impede her as she endeavored to achieve her personal and professional dreams. Lucia's ambition is to inspire others with facial difference, their families, friends and acquaintances. She lives with her husband and Boston Terrier in Kansas.

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Book Reviews

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Margaret
A memoir sure to inspire My Imperfect Beauty is a remarkable true story of perseverance. Lucia's history of pain, suffering and bullying because of facial differences undoubtedly was the source of the empathy with which she treated the countless paatients she aided over her career. Read more
Christina
Inspiring When I finished reading, Bella's story, I felt inspired to continue dreaming for my own life and encouraged to have more self-compassion when I look back on my younger self. She is also an example of forgiving people who hurt her and recognizing the challenges they had in their lives as well. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed the story. I appreciated her candidness and I have a greater understanding of what people with cleft palate go through. I recommend reading her book Read more
Paulette
Bella Lucia's story Lucia's story is very inspiring . This woman was able to maintain a positive attitude and pursue her dreams despite the challenges she faced with Facial Difference. Both the smile you can see in her photos and the beauty of her poetry reflect a kind, insightful and determined woman who has been able to shine both professionally and personally. I enjoyed reading her story. This book is not just meant to be read by those facing the same challenges of Facial Difference, but by everyone who can appreciate a personal story of courage and accomplishment! Read more
JoAnn
Insightful Memoir on Facial Difference Lucia is uniquely qualified to share her story about facial difference from two important perspectives. She came into the world with severe bilateral cleft lip and palate requiring 34 surgeries and years of intensive therapies. And she is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner with specialization in mental health. She tenderly gives voice to the dear little child Lucia who endured extraordinary physical and emotional pain with unending resilience. Lucia shares that writing, poetry and dancing throughout her life gave her perspective on her relationships and experiences. The butterfly is Lucia's metaphor and spiritual symbol. Read more
Chris
Lucia's Story: My Imperfect Beauty I enjoyed reading Bella Lucia's story, "My Imperfect Beauty," about her journey and struggles to come to terms with cleft palate facial difference. The book details how she overcame shyness and low self-esteem to forge a rewarding career in nursing and a happy, fulfilling life. - Chris Read more
Jess
Bella’s Journey An inspirational story of triumphs, heartache and commitment. A truly touching tale of one strong woman’s journey to battle through bullying, rejection and belittlement. Bella Lucia makes her dreams come true from her strength and perseverance. Read more
Dick
Lucia's Story; My Imperfect Beauty This was a Great read. Bella certainly had some challenges in her life. Not only her physical issues with her birth defect but her emotional battles with bullying and her relationship with her mother. What held my interest and impressed me was Bella's tenacity and focus on what she was committed to in life and in her relationships . Anyone with life challenges should read this book. It is an inspirational and a heart felt victory for Bella. Read more
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