CleftCast is a podcast dedicated to helping and informing the cleft and craniofacial community through real-life stories and information.


  • "CleftCast" -- Struggles Can Provide Great Lessons

    06/08/2016 Duración: 29min

    Every one of us within this cleft, craniofacial and facial difference worldwide community will face struggles and hardship at different times, whether it is from our anomalies or just life itself. Yet there is an opportunity, once the struggles cease or simply rest for a bit, that we can find a lesson or two to help us live better lives. In this "CleftCast" podcast, host Joe Rutland discusses struggles around health issues -- both physical and mental -- that have played a role in life. His hope is that others will hear this #podcast and find some solace no matter what struggles and challenges they are facing. #cleftstrong

  • "CleftCast" - Look In The Mirror And Smile

    25/07/2016 Duración: 29min

    At times, it is extremely difficult for people with facial differences to look in a mirror. Something as simple as that, to many people, might seem so ridiculous in regard to being filled with shame and guilt about one's looks. Yet it can happen. Seeing the beauty within yourself, no matter how your face or even body looks, is one of the great challenges for children and adults who deal with cleft, craniofacial and/or facial diffferences on a daily basis. In this "CleftCast" podcast, host Joe Rutland talks about looking in the mirror at himself, what emotions arise at times, and offers a couple of suggestions that can get all of us toward the goal of smiling more and loving ourselves in the midst of anger, sadness, fear and guilt.

  • "CleftCast" -- Keep On Smiling And Enjoy Your Life

    22/05/2016 Duración: 15min

    When facing uphill battles or struggles in the facial difference community, the adage of "keep on smiling" might feel heavy ... and, at times, it is. It does not have to be that way, though. For all of us, life provides tests of strength and weakness. We can either steadfastly hold our heads up high during the strong moments, or turn into a victim in those weak states.In this "CleftCast" podcast, host Joe Rutland talks about the empowering way that keeping on smiling -- even when the chips are down -- can actually prove beneficial. This is not some woo-woo or too-fancy idea. Smiling is something that, because of our facial differences, that some might have trouble doing out of shame, fear, guilt or another emotion. Our smiles are what keep us balanced and in touch with the pulse of life.

  • "CleftCast" -- Learning To Smile Through Your Adversities

    12/04/2016 Duración: 27min

    Adversity strikes everyone in the facial difference community nearly every day. Whether it is an emotional matter or a health-related concern, every person can identify that moment in time where trouble rears its ugly head and sends you spinning out of control. In this "CleftCast," host Joe Rutland talks about learning to smile through adversity and offers helpful tips and suggestions along the way.

  • "CleftCast" -- The Power of Our Thoughts

    05/04/2016 Duración: 26min

    The power of our thoughts is something that has been discussed for millennia, whether in the schools of philosphy, religion or social settings. Well, we're going to break down how thoughts do matter within the worldwide facial difference community. In this "re-birth" "CleftCast" podcast, host Joe Rutland will offer some words on how much more powerful kind, loving thoughts can help ease the pain of emotional disturbances versus filling minds with shame, guilt, fear, loneliness and anger. Rutland will talk about where these thoughts do have a place in people's lives, but they don't have to be so dominant. "CleftCast" is pleased to be back on the air!