My Paralyzed Face

I am not sure if I have mentioned this on here before, but the left side of my face is paralyzed.


In April 2007, I woke up one morning and the left side of my face was paralyzed. They thought it may have been a stroke. Luckily, it was not. I had Bells Palsy.


Anywhoo, I have made some progress over the past 16 months, but not much. Most of the left side is still paralyzed.


I have worried about the wedding pictures since I can't smile big and bright showing teeth anymore. I can make a small smile with my mouth closed and I look pretty normal, but when I try and smile showing teeth, the right side is perfect, but the left side is a bit cockeyed.


Well, like I said, for the past year, I have been worried about how the wedding photos will look.


Now that the wedding is a mere 6.5 months away, I am growing increasingly concerned.


I mean I see all of these brides smiling showing their pearly whites in all of their glory. Kind of makes me sad since I won't be able to do that with out it looking a bit off.


Oh well, shit happens right??


Thanks for listening. :0)

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 7:04 am
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My mom has had Bells Palsy more than twice in her life and it was brought on by stress, as I am sure the doctors have told you so.


she did yoga and you wouldn't ever know to this day she had it.


don't sweat the small stuff because it will just drive you mad.


:)


 


 


 

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 7:57 am
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I have to admit, I've often wondered what you look like, & I thank you & admire your transparency in being so candid about your health. 


I actually have a friend of 4 years who has a similar experience.  But you know what, she is one of the most beautiful women that I know.  Seriously.  And I'm not talking about the mediocre girl syndrome when you dwell on the personality & all, but cough when someone asks how they look.  She is beautiful inside and out, but what magnifies that is that she knows it.  We all have that one (in my case, more than one) thing about ourself that we would like to be changed, but it often seems to be the most painful & profound to us & noone else.


  I encourage you to continue finding the things that are most beautiful to you, not only with the elements of the wedding, but with the beauty of you.  I don't have to see you to know you're beautiful.  I hope that you will take as many pics as any other bride would.  You want to remember your day in all of it's glory!  Your photographer will also be skilled enough to capture the right moments in a way that you think about "how beautiful I looked on that day", not "my face is paralyzed".  Be content, your hubby LOVES You.  I pray that you'll be so confident & secure before, during & after your wedding.  You are sooo worth it.


 

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 7:59 am
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Marissa...Mine was not brought on by stress. Actually, I was out in 40 plus mile an hour winds. Whatever was in the air, I inhaled it and it irritated the nerves in my face. I have made a little progress, but as most Bells Palsy people know, it is a wait and see game. Some people recover completely and some don't. It's a gamble.


All I can do is hope that as more time goes on, it will get better.


 


GratefulBride...Thank you for your kind words. :0) We will take many pics. I promise. :0) You are right, my photog probably will be able to work with the right angles and capture the picture perfect moments. Who know, maybe when the day comes, it won't even be on my mind.


Thanks for the support ladies. :00

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 8:14 am
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Small smile or big smile your pictures will be wonderful.. cause it will be your wedding day ! Just try to do facial exercises maybe you have tried these website but if you haven't here is one http://www.bellspalsy.ws/printexercise.htm 


But dont let it worry you too much.


Your date twin. Mari

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 9:25 am
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hi chic. i remember told us about this in another post a while back ago and was meaning to find it to tell you a personal experience to offer inspiration/support for you. my dad was diagnosed with Bells in February (wow time flies..it felt like just yesterday). Anyhoot, my dad is pretty vain (my whole family is..looks are very important..sad, i know). So when he learned about his condition he was super depressed for like a minute. Then he got all the info he could on it, followed his doctors orders to a T, took all the vitamins that they recommended, did his massages (no lie) every half hour for 5-10 minutes i think it was. Basically, he became obsessed with recovering. His face was pretty bad it made the whole family cry (we had never known anyone or experienced this). The doc had attributed it to a bad breeze and a fit of anger (bizarre). So since then my dad has chilled out. My point is, you see him today, and he is FULLY recovered. hang in there, do exactly what the doctor ordered, most people recover. good luck!


edit: also, don't want to scare you. but i'm sure you realize the importance of keeping up your facial massages for the health of the face muscles. the doctor stressed to my dad to do his massages regularly because if he didn't, then the face muscles can become permanently dead with no hope of recover. so get to massaging girlie!

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 2:50 am
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Mare...Thanks for sharing the story about your dad. I am so glad he fully recovered. Some people don't. It's great that he did.


I have to admit that when I was first diagnosed, my face was really bad. I was devastated. I didn't leave my house for a month. I was very depressed. I eventually realized that shit happens and I couldn't let it control my life.


You mentioned the massages. My doctors told me the same thing. I do the massages. I have been for the past 16 months. :0) I am even a member of the Bells Palsy support forum. It helps. :0)


Your dad did the exact same thing I did. After I got over the shock of it all, I went and got ALL of the info I could.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 4:13 am

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