Born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial abnormality, Kristin Bartzokis experienced a childhood marked by surgeries and medical procedures, all while she became a champion gymnast. As an adult, Kristin has proudly accepted the challenge to stand out. A marathoner, designer, author, and advocate, Kristin has been featured by Cosmopolitan and is a contributor for The Mighty. She is the author of (Extra)Ordinary Women: Ten Inspirational Stories and blogs at diaryofabeautifuldisaster.com.
"Diary of a Beautiful Disaster is authentic in a way that goes
beyond honesty because of the depth of Kristin Bartzokis's insight.
What I first read as honesty began to reveal itself as psychology,
then philosophy and theology. Kristin's self-perception serves to
universalize a totally unique experience. I highly recommend
Diary of a Beautiful Disaster as a journey through what it
means to be a completely, and unflinchingly, beautiful human
being."--David Roche, Humorist and author, The Church of 80%
"A brave memoir by a young woman who was born with severe facial anomalies but managed, through sheer will and countless surgeries, to turn what began as a disaster into a life of love, achievement, and beauty."--Nicholas Gage, Author, Eleni and Greek Fire
"It was a compelling, engaging read. If there's a lesson to be learned, it is never make assumptions. ... Each person has their story to tell. And each person who looks 'different' has their own story to tell."--Becky Laney, Becky's Book Reviews