Okay so this is me, I blurred out my eyes in the hopes that no one recognizes me. Pardon the hair it was windy. Look at the crooked nose and stupid leer. This is my attempt at smiling. The nice part is that I have no wrinkles on the right side of my forehead. I can now twitch the corner of my mouth, and weakly close my eye, but my lips and eyebrow still won't move. Oh and did I mention I can barely taste my food?
I notice I'm getting that extra polite look when I have to talk with strangers. I notice that I'm covering my mouth and nose with my hand when I laugh. I notice I am not wanting to eat in public.
I once knew a wonderful woman who was everything kind and caring, who had had a brain tumor. The operation left her with nerve damage that screwed up her mouth. She said she would love to have her smile back. She would pull on the other side of her mouth to try and even it out a bit and would cover her face when she laughed. I never viewed her as anything but wonderful and I felt that all those cover ups were not necessary. Now that I am in a similar position, well, I understand better.