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Old 01-16-12, 06:10 PM   #1
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I just got Bells Palsy last night. I can't move the right side of my face. I am just feeling very self-conscious. I have to lead tutorials on Wed and I guess I am dreading being in front of 30 early 20 somethings. This is the second time that I had it. The first time was when I was 19. So, now 10 years later I have it again. There's nothing I can really do. The doctor's don't know if I will ever get it back. I am trying to snap myself out of the depression, but I have been cry sporadically all day.
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My mom had this too. It went away after a couple of months. I suppose she was lucky. I hope I don't get this, too. Half of her face was paralysized.
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Both my grandfather and my mother had Bells Palsy too. Both recovered from it with no noticeable effects remaining. You have every reason to be positive so don't focus on the worst when it is by no means a likelihood :)

I can understand your feelings about appearing infront of people but if you can't postpone the event then it might help to explain to your audience, briefly, what has happened and then it's out of the way. For example, "Before I begin, I apologise if I have any problems with my speech during this presentation. I had an attack of Bell's Palsy the other night and it has caused the right side of my face to become temporarily paralysed. If I say anything that you don't quite pick up on then please stop me and I'll repeat".

Wishing you a speedy recovery :)
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Old 01-23-12, 04:53 PM   #4
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I got Bell's on my left side, this year marks my 9th anniversery. I still tear-up when eating, my face still fills heavy, I have trouble closing my left eye and I still look unbalanced. Some never fully recover--I am one of those unlucky one.

My aunt had it about a year ago, I felt so bad for her. She recoverd in just two months.
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Old 01-25-12, 07:58 PM   #5
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Yeah, I was in front of the class today. I took last week off. It was weird and this one person for whatever reason felt like they could interrupt me. I had to be a little firm and snip that in the bud right away. It was awkward. I just want it to go away. The other day I was at a coffee shop and this lady came up to me to give me a plastic surgeons card. I did not feel good after that. I don't know what goes on people's head sometimes. I'm sure she meant well but really not the right way to go about something like that especially to a stranger. Just feeling very isolated. I am sure the time of year isn't helping much. Thanks for the support.
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The dumb lady at the coffee shop may not have even considered the possibility of Bell's Palsy -- if she has heard of it at all -- due to your youth.

What I find absolutely admirable is your taking command of your class and not allowing someone to interrupt you. That's great.
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Hi Tree. I'm sorry for your health problems. I know it's hard dealing with depression and another health related problem at the same time. Don't get discouraged because of it. From what I've read, in most cases it disappears completely in 2-3 weeks. You must know better, since you have had it before.

You are stronger than you think, if you had the power to keep yourself together with all these stressors at the same time (including leading tutorials). Keep it in mind.

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"You are stronger than you think" --- I hope you're right
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