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thejoeface t1_j0wwv8w wrote

Half her face was paralyzed.

> "When people lose their ability to express their emotions on their face, it really has profound effects," Byrne told ABC News. "It affects not only how you feel about yourself, but it has dramatic effects of how people respond to you. It's a really difficult way to go through life because you don't' get the responses from people that most of us do in everyday situations."

Not having “normal” facial expressions would negatively effect her socially and professionally throughout her life.


DJ_Moore_2 t1_j0x6tlm wrote

What the fuck is with all these terrible comments?


Ok_Store_1983 t1_j0x86l5 wrote

Can't believe this had to be explained. We like our faces to be indicative of what we are feeling so other people know. Guarantee this girl won't have to deal with constantly being asked what's bothering her or why she isn't having fun while doing normal kid stuff by well-meaning people.


HenCarrier t1_j0xc71k wrote

This is incredible. Never even thought about people unable to express emotion on their face. I hope it benefits her tremendously.


Isthisworking2000 t1_j0xfwq3 wrote

I have minor paralysis on my face and have always hated smiling because of it. Have had a beard since I was fourteen hiding it, I’m glad she won’t have to go through that (the not smiling part, not the beard part).


KimJongFunk t1_j0xg5ae wrote

Anecdotally, this really does happen. When I got Botox in my crows feet, I genuinely felt less happy when I smiled because my smile didn’t reach my eyes. When the Botox wore off, I felt normal again.

On the plus side, the Botox I get for migraines makes me feel less surly because I can’t furrow my eyebrows lol


Worldly_Pirate_9817 OP t1_j0xyz9z wrote

Seriously, too much negativity. I shared this as an uplifting story and very happy for her and her family. It’s a tear jerking story that could probably become a Hallmark Christmas movie based on this girl’s life 🥹


disneylegend t1_j0y34fz wrote

My wife should get this surgery.


taez555 t1_j0yx4ur wrote

I'll upvote you for this.

This is an inspiring story that highlights how wonderful modern science is. This is a real affliction people face and is no laughing matter. Life changing is understatement. I'm happy for this women and am sure it's just the start of making others people's lives better.

That being said..... if you can't find some humor in the idea of it, you're a freakin' stick in the mud. It reads like an Onion headline, that just opens itself up to countless punchlines.

When did we as a society decide we can't both celebrate something and find humor in it as well?


Isthisworking2000 t1_j1130td wrote

When I was 14, my stepbrother pointed me out to one of his friends, he said “Holy shit he looks like he’s thirty!” One of my football coaches hit made and demanded I shave it off. I didn’t. The only time I’ve shaved it off completely was for a week when my father bribed me with scuba diving lessons and certification.