In 2014, ten days after my second daughter was born, I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy; the right side of my face became paralyzed and never fully recovered. At the time all I wanted was for my face to go back to normal. Actually, for years, I was obsessed with my facial asymmetry. As we approach the fourth anniversary of the publication of an essay I wrote about the experience, I have more perspective about the experience and what it means—and I have my older daughter to thank for it.
Resources/Stuff I mentioned in the episode
- Twelve Truths About My Life With Bell’s Palsy (Longreads)
- Ten-Minute Tuesday: Instead of asking “What if I fail?” try this question instead
- Ten-Minute Tuesday: Got Impostor Syndrome? Pretend it’s your bat mitzvah
- Catherine Apicella, pelvic floor physical therapist: “Why not me?”
- Brie Doyle, retreat leader, author, and meditation and yoga teacher: “Silence has so much for us.”
- Alison Rothman, body-centered holistic health coach: How to access strength from within
- Mother’s Day Bonus episode re: mom rage
- My interview with Kristin Duffy for The Second Chapter Podcast
- My interview with Jamie Gold on the Clubhouse Wellness Wednesdays series on do’s and don’t’s for creating a home workout space that works
- Jamie Gold, couch potato turned athlete: Risk being uncomfortable
Stuff I didn’t mention in the episode that you might be interested in anyway:
- How that essay got me featured in People magazine
- My interview with People
- Reading the essay at The Book Bar as one of the Colorado Author’s League’s finalists for the best essay of 2018 (which I later won!
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