Personal Stories

One of the best ways to understand why something is important, is to see first-hand how it impacts another person, for better or worse. At the Foundation for Facial Recovery, we never lose our focus on why we're here, for the individual afflicted with facial paralysis or TMJD. That's why we felt it was a good idea to share some powerful individual stories of struggle and what the road to recovery can be like, through the words and images of the people themselves.


I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy on September 1, 2014 when I was 37 weeks pregnant. I am about 90% recovered today, but it has been an extremely long and difficult road to recovery. Although this condition is not life threatening, the functional and psychological impacts of facial paralysis are life altering! Read More


I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror. There was a freak looking back at me. Honestly, I looked weird. My smile was sideways on my face, one eye wouldn’t blink or shut, there was no movement on the left side of my face. My husband tells me I didn’t look like a freak, I looked like someone who had a stroke. I think I looked like a freak. Read More


After being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome the initial outlook was grim. Most ENTs, neurologists and physical therapists had no hands-on experience with the condition and offered little hope for a full recovery. Read More